Why we broke the story of the rooting ratbag mayor

By now you will all have read the astonishing story of Len Brown and his affair.

By now there will be people whispering in the media’s ear trying to kill the story…they will be saying that this is someones private life and that in New Zealand their private life has been sacrosanct with media.

Normally that would be true…except…

  • Len Brown is the mayor of the largest city in NZ and has paraded his family before the cameras, including on election night
  • Len Brown conducted his affair from his office, using council provided resources including cellphones and vehicles, the Ngati Whatua Meeting Room, his own office and bathroom, and utilised council staff to keep and hand over hotel cards at reception in the Town Hall to facilitate his liaisons.
  • Len Brown used functions he was attending in his official capacity to entertain his mistress, including a private dinner with the CEO of Southern China airline. 

But what removed all doubt from my mind is when anonymous TXT messages were being sent to me, my family, contacts and friends that threatened repercussions if I published this story. I decided to hold it back until after the election result. He has known about this for a long time. If Len Brown hadn’t been re-elected, the problem of misuse of council finance, resources and staff could be balanced by the fact he wouldn’t be in a position to continue his rorting of rate-payers money while getting his jollies on.

But as he’s back, and as he will continue unless someone speaks up, and as there have been some dark attempts to intimidate me and people around me, there was only one cause of action left: let the sunshine in, and let the chips fall where they may.

Len Brown is a duplicitous liar. He lies to his wife, he lies to his staff, he lies to his constituents. But that’s what we expect from politicians. Being a rooting ratbag isn’t enough to call someone to account in their job. Bill Clinton survived it personally and politically, and continues to be one of the most popular US presidents ever.

There is a darker side to this. The threats and the inference of blackmail unless the status quo was maintained are no longer an issue when Len Brown is a retired mayor.

The man is out of control morally and fiscally.

It is time this ends.


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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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