Brown Inquiry widens to include jobs for jollies

The inquiry into Len Brown’s spending by the Auckland Council has been widened to include looking into his jobs for jollies from his mistress.

The inquiry also needs to widen further to look at any and all contracts Ms Chuang received from Council during the term of their ratepayer funded affair.

An Auckland Council inquiry into mayor Len Brown’s extra-marital spending is being widened to look at a reference the mayor provided for his ex-mistress to help her get a job at Auckland Art Gallery.?

A council spokesman said the review – announced by chief executive Doug McKay last Thursday – would probe whether Mr Brown breached the council’s code of conduct and conflicts of interest guidelines set down by the Auditor-General.

The review would also look at whether Mr Brown provided other references for his former mistress, Bevan Chuang, the spokesman said.

Decisions on terms of reference for the independent review and who will conduct it are expected to be finalised today or tomorrow.

Mr Brown will today hold his first public engagements since details of the affair were made public on the Whaleoil blog site last Tuesday.

Source: Bernard Orsman @ NZ Herald, additional reporting by Cameron Slater