Len Brown makes it to the waterfront

But not where the protesters are.

Instead he’s chillin’ with a series of sea creatures, ironically including a spineless jellyfish.

Like Shrek the Sheep and Helen Clark, Len Brown would rather have a photo op with assorted animal characters than address actual people, though he was quite close to them – a four minute drive in the black Mayoral Holden.

Now that’s a relationship that’s irrevocably broken down…



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  • BJ

    Len Brown is maintaining the position of integrity and this is resulting in neutrality –  Give him some credit. Whether he likes it or not if he is seen to not be impartial the majority of his constituents will not trust his position over anything else. What he is finding out is that life as a mayor cannot be one of duality, rather one of polarity which means give and take which balances out in the end which is how a communities needs should be met.

  • Guest

    Caption contest:

    “I cut this ribbon like I cut the wharfies’ lifeline”

  • Gazzaw

    Does anyone here have the rather ominous thought that the Volvo stopover is going to be yet another non-event organised by ATEED that is going to cost Auckland ratepayers very dearly. Len and the accompanying dorks hardly appear to have attracted thousands of supporters to the official opening.   

    Yacht race? What yacht race?

    I would very much like to see a good investigative journalist analyse the cost and the benefits of the stopover after the ‘event’. No platitudes from the mayor of from ATEED about raising the profile, intangibles etc just straight out dollars and cents please.  

    • Ciaron_A

      I remember the good old days of the 89/90, 93/94 Whitbreads when the Viaduct was a full on party zone for about a month….

      • Nomnom

        That’s right, but then we had boats called Steinager and Fisher & Paykel. Hard to support a NZ boat called “Camper”

  • ConwayCaptain

    What pisses me off about Team NZ now is that the NZ Govt is subsidising a load of v high paid professional yachtsmen to carry on swanning round the world.

    I could see the point of the subsidy when Michael Fay challenged for the Cup to get NZ yacht designers and builders noticed more in the world.  Now they are BIG BOYS and seem to spend more time out of NZ than in it and the NZ Yacht Industry is now ell known throughout the world then the NZ Govt subsidy should be withdrawn.

    As for the High Profile sports events it is now apparent that from the Olympics down to the Hamilton V8s they COST the host more than they get out of it.

    • Hagar

      Yeah, stuff the city paying for all this non core stuff. I remember the motor races on the Wellington waterfront, tied the city up for dyas, then after two years the organisers went to tthe ciy council and said they are losing money and would the stupid council buy all the armco barriers for a few million, the council said yes, to save the event for the city, After one more year there were no ore races, and the city was left with all these barriers. Let the city and govt stay with the core spending, IT IS OUR money!!! dont waste it.

  • ConwayCaptain

    A yacht called Camper Whyy helllllo Sailor!!

    • Rockfield


      Respectfully, but:

      You are the one who professes to a long and *fruit*ful career in the Merchant Navy (or such).

      AND, you know what Churchill called ‘the Navy’

      “Rum, Sodomy and The Lash” …. if my recall of Churchillian quotes is correct.



      • Tony

        Churchill made many mistakes in his career – that was just one of them.

      • ConwayCaptain

        The actual quote is

        To be spoken with a Churchillian growl and slight lisp

        “The traditions of the Royal Navy are founded on three things, Rum, Sodomy and the lash”

        In the RN in the early 20th century it was the fashion for some naval officers to have tufts of unshaven hair on their cheekbones.  These were known as “Buggers Grips”

  • Roflcopter

    So he did meet with the unionists after all. That’s Helly Kelly on the far left, and Parsloe on the far right.

  • Greg M

    Len has just had a pink lamington tossed at him by a smelly hippie from Occupy up at the university. Massive .

    • Gazzaw

      Haha. Wonder if it will make Pravda front page or TV One News. If it does make TV One with a bit of luck it will be footage that they use over and over and over again.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Which one is Len?