Kerre McIvor speaks about bunny boilers and rooters

Kerre McIvor speaks out and makes some really good points.

[W]hat an ignominious beginning to his second term as Auckland’s mayor. The horror began two days after the votes were counted, when an affidavit was published on a right-wing blog that revealed – in excoriating and excruciating detail – an affair between the married father-of-three and a wannabe politician 23 years his junior.

Chuang disclosed information about her liaisons with Brown that nobody ever needed to know.

She claims she was pressured by yet another lover, who was working for a rival mayoral candidate, to go public with the affair. Luigi Wewege – it just keeps getting more bizarre – was certainly pressing her through Facebook messages to give up the dirt on Len.

But there was absolutely no need for her to go into the detail she did. It was utterly tasteless. It was completely unnecessary and cruel. Chuang has been trying to play the victim card in recent days and that galls me. She is feeling, she wrote on Facebook, “used, abused and manipulated”.

And she should get ready for more…since claiming on Facebook that she wasn’t going to speak to the media anymore she has engaged one of Auckland more distrusted weasels to spin on her behalf….Hamish Price. If she thinks she was manipulated by Luigi Wewege then she is going to be really shocked to find that Hamish Price, an acolyte of Michelle Boag’s is further manipulating her in order to seek revenge for not being employed by John Palino’s campaign. It is no wonder Boag has been out there sticking up for Len Brown. He also deeply loathes me and my father and he will be seeing this as an opportunity to get us. Normally he skulks int eh shadows leaking information as an “unnamed National party source”, now however he is out of the shadows…that may not play out so well for Ms Chuang now we know of the Boag connection via Price. 

Oh, come on. She knew exactly what she was doing, she is old enough to understand the consequences and she was quoted in the Herald last year as saying she was willing to sleep with anyone in order to get herself pregnant in the Year of the Dragon, an auspicious year in the Chinese horoscope.

She has never been shy about talking about her love life on radio and television, so this is no doe-eyed virgin we’re talking about here, susceptible to the machinations of mean old men. I will concede she has appalling taste in lovers, but the only victims here are Brown’s wife and daughters.

It would probably be a good idea for Chuang to give up blokes for a while and sit at home reading self-improvement books to increase her chances of finding a real boyfriend.

But given that she succumbs so easily to pressure, and that she is given to baring the most intimate details of her sex life to the world, she’ll be bloody lucky to find a soft toy willing to share her bed with her in the future, far less a real live man.

Chuang is no angel and as out recording revealed she was revelling in her revenge…the same thing she is doing now to rinse Luigi Wewege through her puppet master Hamish Price.

Although when push comes to shove, as it undoubtedly has done, she’s single – she can choose to sleep with whomever she pleases.


A married man who has campaigned on his family values and thrust his photogenic wife and daughters into the spotlight at every occasion, on the other hand, should have known better than to shag a young, hungry woman on the make.

Once you decide to cheat on your spouse, you run the risk of losing everything. Perhaps that’s part of the thrill – giving in to the self-destructive urge that so many of us have from time to time, just to make life a little more interesting.

Perhaps if you have a near-death experience, as Brown did a couple of years ago, it makes you want to take chances, feel alive – and he may have thought an affair with a woman young enough to be his daughter would make him feel like the rampant buck he used to be.

I don’t know what was going through the Mayor’s brain – sadly, that’s the only organ of his of which I know little.

It’s extremely unedifying, having to bear unwilling witness to a private affair between a tragic old man and a pathetic little bunny-boiler.

I think Bevan Chuang is looking increasingly like the Chinese version of Lisa Lewis.

Perhaps, if we’d been colonised by France all those years ago, we’d have shrugged our shoulders and yawned. But we weren’t. We were colonised by England and we’ve sniggered like school kids at the salacious scandal.

There have been calls for the Mayor to resign – mainly from those who were anti-Brown in the first place – and howls from the left that this is all a right-wing smear campaign to destroy him.

Brown has only himself to blame. If he’d kept it in his pants, he wouldn’t have found himself in this most unsavoury of predicaments. He has tried to bluff it out this week, claiming the people of Auckland need him to do the job he was elected to do. But he’s not that important. The city doesn’t need him.

You could pretty much shave a chimp and put mayoral chains on it and the city would function. But Brown’s there now and shows no sign of budging.

Dead right Kerre, Brown has only himself to blam, the randy old goat has been playing away and not just on the Bevan Chuang course…he knows this and is just hoping that their attacks on Chuang have blunted the willingness of other women victims to come forward.

But often, once you pick the scab and let the pus run it all comes out, and for a really long time.

This is not going away and Len Brown should resign, not for his rooting but for his complete lack of judgement and discretion.

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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.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.