I’m sorry! We didn’t meant it!

The Home and Family Counselling Trust was in the news yesterday for having Len Brown as its Honorary President.  Various media, including Whaleoil expressed their surprise that The Home and Family Counselling Trust wasn’t at least stating they were waiting for the result of the independent public inquiry before making any further decisions.

Turns out they’ve gone into damage control mode overnight

Friday 25 October 2013

of The Home and Family Counselling Trust

For the past 120 years that Home and Family Counselling has provided services in Auckland, the elected Mayor of Auckland has been the Honorary President of this family counselling organisation. The person who is elected to the Mayoralty is appointed to this role. Historically the character of this person has been implicit. [our emphasis – WO]

The views expressed on behalf of Home and Family Counselling on Thursday 24 October 2013, were not endorsed by the Home and Family Counselling Board and are incorrect.  

The Board takes recent events extremely seriously and accordingly is taking advice. Until the Board has had time to properly gather and receive that advice, no further public statement will be issued.

In the interim, Home and Family Counselling will continue to focus on its core responsibility, which is to the people of Auckland.

This is interesting because the person quoted yesterday is also a senior council manager…I wonder if any pressure was brought to bear from the mayor’s office in order to garner the supporting comments. I note too the Mayor’s office said the mayor was grateful for the continued support of the board…sounds like a stitch up that appears to have become unpicked once honourable people realised what was going on.

Len Brown is an embarrassment and a disgrace, he should resign rather than force good organisations like the Home and Family Counselling Trust to wear his embarrassment on his behalf.

It is clear the Len Brown no longer represents family values, is unable to represent the constituency for which he was elected, and is no longer a representative mayor. He should quit.


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  • Sponge

    Good stuff Cam. Keep wearing away at the bastard.

  • Chancey

    perhaps its time to trot out his daughters again

    • Mr_Blobby

      A little bit more than trotting out methinks.

      • What we need is to manufacture a story, a huge story, something that will wipe this from the front pages and lead stories on the news…

        something like a Sex Scandal!

        …oh, wait…

        EDIT: If Len has any contacts in North Korea, this would be a good time to call in some favours.

        • Random66

          I was thinking the other day that Len’s PR people are probably past wishful thinking and are now outright praying for someone to throw a dead cat on the table, so that all focus moves from Len and on to some new shocking news story. hehe, not much chance of that while WO is controlling what everyone’s looking at.

          • They’re probably shopping all sorts of dirt around to see if the media will pick it up.

            Of course they will. It will go in the “top drawer” and be used after the affair.

            I don’t know why people are upset with Cam Slater when he says politics is a dirty business.

            It is.

          • 4077th

            “Not Tiddlywinks” Eat or be eaten!

          • parorchestia

            The upset is because the members of a particular party , such as Labour perhaps, believe it is the other side that is dirty. They are as pure as the driven snow.

  • blokeintakapuna

    He’s fast becoming the equivalent of a political lepper…
    Who would want their reputation tarnished by association with an elected official who abuses that position for nefarious personal gains, then deceitfully hides his behaviour over two years, then still doesn’t accept he’s brought the credibility of the Mayoral office into ill-repute and extreme embarrassment?
    What kind of ego does that?

    • opusx

      Actually, and with no disrespect to those with ‘special’ intellectual handicaps, but Len’s special condition and low IQ means it’s not a question of ego, he just doesn’t want to give up his Spider-man lunchbox.

      • Time For Accountability

        He appears to be a narcissist who carry on their merry way with no balance of risk and no respect for normal rules because they get in the way.

    • philbest

      The kind of ego that has been “enabled” by the MSM for years already, to sell completely fraudulent policies to the masochistic voters in Dorkland – and got away with it.

    • AnonWgtn

      His staff need their jobs as nobody else will give them one(except Labour).

  • opusx

    FFS…just get it over with before the long weekend Len, throw in the towel already, it gonna get any better for ya. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s gonna get a whole lot worse.

    • I think he somehow has convinced himself the long weekend is what will save him as the news cycle will be interrupted for three days.

    • disqus_cTYPCkCVDM

      Today would be good and he could have a peaceful weekend away with his family – they sure deserve it.

  • Lol. When I saw the article on the NZ Herald, I was really surprised. Since when did cheating & extra-marital affairs become honorable acts inside a family institution. Height of bigotry, I’d say….

    • OhopeBeachBugger

      And good on them for coming out to correct their stance.

      • 4077th

        Well…You cant hug a turd for too long before the stink rubs off. they should never had endorsed him in the first place. Now it calls into question their values. I agree they have done the right thing but the ambulance is already at the bottom of the cliff.

        • OhopeBeachBugger

          The ‘they’ what endorsed him post-scandal is a council employee, so I think the damage control well-applied…

          • 4077th

            Indeed, as I have posted above.

          • OhopeBeachBugger

            Loved the colourful metaphor, btw.

    • Team ENZ

      it is only honorable if you are labias,and green taliban supporters as these lowlifes think it is ok to have affairs and still hold high official status and with the NZ Herald supporting it. and Lying Lennie still belives it is WO ‘s fault that he got exposed.. Time to resign Len ,for the greater good of your family and all of Auckland..

  • Bunswalla

    “He should quit.”?

    He MUST quit.

  • dilligaf2013

    Clearly this was an orchistrated attempt by Mr Brown’s spin doctors and the NZ Herald to try and show us that Mr Brown was worthy of support – after all “a family values organisation are supporting him, so should you”…..

    • 4077th

      This has a very bad odour and more needs to be done to find out what pressure was put on the chair to endorse Brown. This is exactly the sort of diabolical political bullshit that needs uncovering. Full support to WO and any tipsters that can shine the sunlight on this.

      • parorchestia

        Not just this, but we need to know who paid for it?

      • rrroberto

        Unless there was coincidentally an AGM, where the office holders were re-elected, and Mayor Brown was re-elected or appointed as Patron in full knowledge of the current situation surrounding him,there would have been nothing to say on the matter by Home and Family or anybody. Agree entirely about the bad odour, and this had the possibility to tarnish a thoroughly exemplary organization which is known to do excellent work

  • Brian of Mt Wellington

    All these places that think its great to have a philandering dirty old man as their honorary representative should just think what kind of publicity is going to be brought upon them, it isn’t favourable and the ones that rely totally on donations need to have a good think about what damage Browns rep can do to them.

  • Rusty B

    Step aside Lying Len. You are a disgrace and a flea taxi. Leave before your credibility is completely gone……no wait…already gone. Buggar off.
    BTW WO great effort on the radio yesterday arvo.

  • Statehousekid

    This shows that most good people have a conscience, they know what is good for families and what is not. Len did not think of that when he went down the road he went. He did not think of his family or whether what he was doing was the right thing. All he could think of was using his power for his own gratification. OK we all make mistakes but those of us with any integrity acknowledge those mistakes and remove ourselves from the position where we have abused that power. What is happening here is that good people are realising this. Basically if they do not act and condemn Lens behaviour then they are agreeing with it. There is no middle ground, either you want Len to stay, which is saying I approve of his behaviour or you want Len to leave which is saying I disapprove of Lens behaviour. Beware all those who think Len should stay because you are basically saying you condone his behaviour.

    • 4077th

      Well said! +1

  • Peej

    “Historically the character of this person has been implicit.”

    But John Banks was its Honorary President. His defenders will say his current position relates to situations after he was mayor and are allegations only.

    • rrroberto

      That is true, when John Banks was Hon President of Home and Family there was no reason question his character on this level. Now he finds himself facing an allegation, which he denies, and for which the police found not enough evidence to prosecute. Notwithstanding the matter is subjudice and should not be bought up as attemped Brownie Points for Len. The alleged breach of electoral Law in comparison with the allegations which Mayor Brown has not denied, in th eperspective of the Home and Family Organisations core principles, well no comparison . Reflection I feel that Len’s apologists are running out of ammo

      • Peej

        I am no apologist for Mayor Brown. What he did is not defensible. His suitability to be Hon President of Home and Family would not have been questioned if his behaviour had not become public. He would have been a dog being given status by the (honorary) Home and Family office.
        Likewise any others in that office who had acted in immoral, amoral or unethical ways.

        • rrroberto

          True, but like anybody or any organization, how does one know, unless sunlight is shined onto the dark places where the media fear to tread.These positions are honorary ex officio, and Home and Family has the right to expect a high standard of the person elected to mayoral Office.While Auckland was a relatively small and compact city for most of the 120 years of the organisations existence, they probably knew personally all the families involved.Perhaps they could re-think the position of patron now that office of mayor for a super enlarged city encompassed the whole region

  • timemagazine

    If the Trust wants to keep LB that should be fine, as long as they change their name into something like the Cheating Mayor’s Counselling Trust.

  • Dick Brown

    This is more sad for the organisation than anything else. Len Brown is directly responsible for this distraction on this organisation and I have sympathy for them when they say they just want to get on with the job.

    And it’s hardly ‘support’ for Len Brown; if anything it’s a brilliantly worded get out of jail card for the organisation and a slap in the face for the role Len unfortunately has.

  • island time

    As these organisations withdraw their support for Len, he will have to resign due to not being able to be effective as mayor. You can not be Mayor if these types of organisations shun you. He will of course blame all and sundry for blowing everything out of proportion. All puns unintended…

  • Blue Water Coastie

    Even if you remove the fact that Len is married and he didn’t have an ‘affair’, he is still in the same position.His behaviour as Mayor, i.e. all the carry on as two ‘single’ people in the office, the wanking and shagging everywhere, the dodgy favours, still highlights inadequate judgement and poor character. Forget the affair part – he still needs to step down and fuck off – now.

  • steve and monique

    Dear Len,
    It has come to our attention that you are a complete idiot. If you wish to carry on, and continue to try and cover your arse, and point the finger of blame at others, then please take this opportunity to resign. We as a collective of law abiding citizens, have seen the reports of your infidelity, and it is obvious to all of us, that you,and only you are responsible for your actions. For some deluded reason you feel it is fine,and Ok to stay in your position as Mayor, and keep the trappings of such a position Example: income, status, freebies etc (and action with the girls). Are you not aware Sir, that there is a moral and ethical responsibility to this position, which going by current events you have been found lacking in. Also by trying to justify your actions you are sending a signal to your family, that you have no remorse for your actions. Please Sir, for the last time, take this opportunity to resign, and to prove if not to us, but your family, you do have remorse for your actions, and care to try and restore some credibility to your Name. In closing, we hope there is an end in sight to this whole sordid event, as it is becoming blatantly obvious you are not suitable for your position as Mayor, because of the shame,and damage your name now carries.
    Please Resign, and sooner rather then later.

    Thank you for your time,
    From all of us.

    • Rusty B

      It could be signed Your conscience….no wait…he hasn’t got one!!

  • James Growley

    They need to re-write their constitution – there have been a few dodgy mayors over the past 120 years……

  • disqus_cTYPCkCVDM

    I wrote to them advising my donations would be ceasing and got a kind email back this morning.

  • captainnotsosensible

    Didn’t think the Board members would let this one go. Good on them for responding quickly and appropriately.

    Had a random idea this morning while at work. Wouldn’t it be good if an organisation (like this Family orientated one) could somehow benefit from this whole episode. E.g. get some bumper stickers (or some of those T shirts you have on here Cam) with appropriate themes printed up and put them up for sale. See if you can find a printer who will do them for cost and donate the profit to charity. After all there must be at least 150,000 ? people out there who didn’t want Len Brown in as Mayor prior to this all breaking….and there must surely be more now : )

    My initial thought was for a sticker of a pair of skimpy pants (underwear). The tag line might read ” Len – you’re pants – resign now”. Or just a picture of an open door and tag line “Len – it’s time to go”. etc.

    I’m sure others could do better than me with these (I was trying to keep it clean!) but I do like the idea of 150,000 X say $2-3 going to a charity while at the same time there being 150,000 cars, apartment windows etc (maybe even some office windows near the town hall hehehe) having stickers in the window…..

  • Steve (North Shore)

    The chain of spin is slowly wearing out (no oil)
    Soon a link will break. The die hards will try to shackle the chain but it will break.
    Can we fix it?