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It is clear the Len Brown no longer represents family values, is unable to represent the constituency for which he was elected, and is no longer a representative mayor.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