He’s not called Lyin’ Len for nothing

I love it when the left wing fights itself.

Mayor Len Brown is trying to rewrite history over his support for the SkyCity pokies-convention centre deal, says mayoral challenger John Minto.

After being an enthusiastic supporter of the deal since day one, Mr Brown appeared to change tack in yesterday’sHerald Super City election guide.

“I support the need for Auckland to have an international convention centre and the economic benefits it will deliver, but I do not support the deal done to finance it,” he said.

The deal, signed in late July, gives SkyCity necessary exemptions from the Gambling Act to allow it 230 extra pokie machines and other concessions in return for the company building and operating a $402 million convention centre at its downtown Auckland site.

Mr Minto said Mr Brown had always strongly supported the trade-off of more pokies for a convention centre and voted against councillor Cathy Casey’s motion in June to oppose “the Government’s proposal for SkyCity to develop a convention centre in return for changes in our gambling legislation to increase gambling at the SkyCity casino”.  

“Now in the middle of the election campaign, Mr Brown wants to rewrite history. What a shameless porkie. His fingerprints are all over this grubby deal with SkyCity,” said Mr Minto, the Mana mayoral candidate.

Len Brown was and probably still is a massive supporter of the SkyCity deal…he is just lying about it now because he can.

In the NBR in March this year he said:


Mr Brown told an audience of business leaders at a recent Transtasman Business Circle lunch he supported the convention centre “totally” during a discussion about the council’s role in economic development.

“I support the convention centre,totally, not only because it will provide jobs for our tourism industry, but for a start it will provide 1000 jobs in the building of it,” Mr Brown said during his joint-address with Auckland Council chief executive Doug McKay.

Why do politicians lie these days, when it is so easy to prove them to be liars?

What part of “totally” does Len Brown not understand?

John Minto is a dickhead, but in this case, at least about the Mayor’s lies, he is right. Len Brown needs to come clean and stop lying to the people of 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. 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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