Len Brown’s zoning hypocrisy outed

I’ve blogged about Len Brown’s hypocrisy over the unitary plan and intensification before and now the NBR has picked up on it.


Under-fire Auckland mayor Len Brown has been accused of hypocrisy for living on a spacious lifestyle block outside the urban limit while pushing for a “quality compact city” full of small high-rise apartments.

The mayor lives on a bush-covered 6970 sq m (0.688ha/1.7 acre) property at Tiffany Close on the outskirts of Manukau, just outside the current Metropolitan Urban Limit (MUL).

His house is a spacious 406sq m and he has a pool in his backyard, for which resource consent was granted in October 2002.

The property was a bare section when Mr Brown bought it with his wife Shan Inglis in 1995 for $180,000.

It now has a rateable value of $1.2 million, including land value of $495,000 and improvements of $705,000.

Critics say the mayor’s housing choice shows he is not practicing what he preaches when it comes to high-density living. 

Len Brown is a hypocrite, and worse he refuses to discuss his hypocrisy.

Dick Quax, a councillor for the Howick ward where Tiffany Close is located, says residents fighting intensification plans around Auckland will be galled to hear how the mayor lives.

“Len Brown lives on a country estate in a McMansion and wants the rest of us to live in rabbit hutches,” he says.

“I think it’s the ultimate hypocrisy that someone who advocates people live in small apartments around railway stations, which can have floor areas as little as 30sq m, lives on an acre and a half of land.”

NBR ONLINE wanted to know what the mayor thought of the criticism, whether he planned to move into an apartment and whether his property will be inside the Rural Urban Boundary (RUB) that will replace the MUL.

Mayor Brown refused to talk to NBR, or answer our questions, issuing only a pro-plan propaganda statement through his chiefspin doctor, Glyn Jones.

“The most important thing is that Aucklanders continue to have a range of choices about where they live as our city grows, whether it’s a larger place further out or an apartment closer to the city,” his statement read.

Yeah, well we all know about Len Brown and his rules for others but not for himself. This will be yet more “honesty, but with limits”.


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  • Muffin

    Len browns a cunt

    • maninblack

      I believe he is actually a ‘fucking’ cunt.

    • Agent BallSack

      I believe his Wiki page just has his picture and the word Cunt.

  • unitedtribes

    But all the same. Regardless were a councillor lives himself he is required to promote choices that suit the areas population. Its a bit silly to say that just because you live a certain life style everyone should

    • Agent BallSack

      Or the obverse is also true. Bit of a numpty to say live like this when he wouldn’t.

  • Patrick

    The great thing about this is the riff raff will not have far to travel when they come stealing – those big flash houses are rich pickings. Brown is going to stack them high right on his doorstep.

  • chwaga

    If some one had bothered to look Len’s site has a 15 metre deep gully through it and is covered by a remnant of native bush which has for many years been protected by the Manukau district plan. Even when the land to the north was zoned for residential development areas similar to Len’s were excluded from development. Sorry guys but this time the plan is consistent and I find it difficult to point the finger at Len for the place that he lives. There are many other things in the Unitary Plan that need criticism.

  • Get a grip

    Gentlemen, how nice that you have one word your combined childishness can agree on the spelling of. After all a 4 letter word is really really hard to spell when you have such a limited vocabulary

    • Gazzaw

      Speaking of limited vocabularies you didn’t have any problems spelling ‘fuck’ in your post of twelve days ago.

  • Big-Inja

    I wouldn’t want to live in a cell..but think prisons are a good idea, I bet Anne Tolley agrees.

  • Michael

    There would be nothing forcing Len Brown (and his neighbours) to sub-divide land if it was in the MUL. And the fact it looks surrounded by land in the MUL makes it look like it should be in anyway.

  • philbest

    But there’s more……

    Why would Len Brown EVER speak out in FAVOUR of ANY ROAD project???





    Nothing to do with added convenience to the location where HE lives….????



    Bust the hypocrite wide open, why isn’t the MSM all OVER this?