Len Brown’s wastrel ways return – $10.5 million on travel

While Len Brown talks about making Auckland the most livable city in the world he and his council are busy spending million living anywhere but Auckland.

At a time when Len Brown and his council are socking us for increased rates demands it has been revealed that his spendthrift ways have returned.

Instead of Council credit cards it is a massive $10.5 million travel bill:

Auckland Council has racked up a bill of over $10.5 million for trips around the world, a councillor has revealed today.

Auckland Councillor Cameron Brewer has released the council’s full travel costs for the first two years of the Super City which total $10,570,315.

But the council has defended its spend on travel, saying most of it is domestic, and overseas travel by council finance staff has saved the council about $12.5 million a year.

Brewer obtained the travel costs for Auckland Council and its seven council controlled organisations (CCOs) under the Local Government Official Information Act.

The information showed Auckland Council spent $6.1 million of the total bill, while council bodies Auckland Transport spent $1.3m, ATEED spent $1.12m, and Watercare Services spent over $900,000.

At the lower end of the scale, the smallest bill came in at $4,461 from Auckland Council Investments.

Super City staff have travelled to dozens of countries including Brazil, Chile, India, Finland and Nepal.

If only there was someone, anyone almost, someone articulate, forceful and clever to stand against this shallow little man from South Auckland.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.