Family Values huh?

Oh dear, Len Brown’s refusal to quit is now having other consequences. It seems he is still the honorary president of a family values organisation.

I wonder how long before they call a Special General Meeting to address that embarrassment. A well known newspaper reports:

Auckland Mayor Len Brown will retain his position as honorary president of a family values organisation despite his extra-marital affair with a woman 25 years his junior.

The position at Home and Family Counselling has been filled by an Auckland mayor for the last 120 years, and the organisation has decided not to part from tradition despite Mr Brown last week admitting to a two-year relationship with local government hopeful Bevan Chuang, 32.

Executive director Mary Gray told the Herald that the board had discussed the sex scandal and wanted to keep Mr Brown in his role.  

Yeah, I don’t think that is going to stay their position once the other women come forward…this organisation has now become an enabler of Len Brown’s sordid and multiple affairs.

Alan Brookbanks – the council’s human resources director – is also the chairman of the board of the organisation.

Yesterday the mayor said he was grateful for the board’s support and understanding and that he was very much supportive of the work they do.

Ahh so the board chair is a staff member of th council…nice…no chance of them crossing the mayor then.

Other organisations are now coming forward talking about his shameless campaigning on family values and their disgust at finding out the truth.

Despite the organisation’s support for Mr Brown, a south Auckland pastor whose church has been visited by him says it is unfair that the mayor stays in the role.

Manukau New Life Church pastor Stephen Miller said he was deeply disappointed when revelations of the sex scandal broke last week.

Mr Brown visited his congregation – including a large number of young people – and spoke about his life.

“It’s been really interesting to read about … not just the mistake, but the two years of really what has been deceit towards his wife and his family.

“To me, unfortunately Len Brown has lost a lot of credibility. Yes, there is forgiveness. But if you’re going to be the leader of our city and those sorts of organisations – particularly one that’s talking about family – you’ve got to live it.”

Mr Miller called on the Home and Counselling group to look for another leader. He acknowledged compassion and forgiveness were huge values preached in the church.

“There is compassion and there’s forgiveness, but then there’s also consequences when you step into a role of leadership. I’m a leader of our church. If I were to do something like that – to have an affair with somebody – I’d acknowledge that and ask for forgiveness too.

“There’d be compassion, but there’s no way I’d be staying in my role as leader of the church. Because people have to look up to you as a leader and know that they can trust you and know that you have integrity and that you’re not saying one thing and doing another.”

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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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