How about these rules Len? Do these apply to you?

Under Section 41.4 of the Local Goverment Act, Len Brown was a JP during the time he conducted certain activities which he has neither confirmed nor denied, apart from the admittance of the affair itself.

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Len Brown says that the council code of ethics and code of conduct don’t apply to him? he thinks he is above every other mayor, councillor and community board member in the land in ignoring the code of conduct.

Well how about he explains his ethics and conduct to the Royal Federation of NZ Justices.

The good news about this approach is that the defensive shield he tries to use “private life” is null and void.  

The Royal Federation of NZ Justices Code of Practice states:

The office of Justice of the Peace for New Zealand has powers and responsibilities that involve dealing with the private affairs and rights of individuals from all races, creeds and backgrounds and, as such, demands sensitivity, standards of performance in the role, and the maintenance of high standards in the private and working lives of Justices of the Peace.

Code of Ethics

Justices of the Peace shall:

2. maintain the integrity and dignity of the office through ethical conduct, good example, high standards of citizenship, and by not acting in a manner which is unlawful or likely to bring disrepute to the office of Justice of the Peace.

Code of Conduct

Justices of the Peace shall:

5. in the carrying out of duties of a Justice of the Peace disclose any interest or relationship likely to affect impartiality or which might create an appearance of partiality or bias, and refrain from participating in such circumstances.

Len Brown can try and weasel out of this one because he will say he was not acting as a JP when writing a reference. But his big problem is that he was acting as a mayor, and a Mayor is a JP, let’s see David Lewis spin him out of that one.

If he cannot  comply with the Code of Practice for a JP, it would seem  difficult that he can remain a mayor, unless S 41.4  of LGA is revoked.

There enough here to lay a complaint with The Royal Federation of NZ Justices, there is a very long procedure which can tie somebody up for a long time, explained in a website link to Federation Policy.

Of course there is a by-pass to the The Royal Federation of NZ Justices if they think they can drag the chain on behalf of Len Brown.

I have had a look through legislation and there appears to be a short cut by complaining direct to the Minister of Justice under the provisions of the Justices of the Peace Act 1957.

The Minister can, if the complaint is upheld, order a section 5D order for counselling for Len.

That would be sweet, Judith Collins orders Mayor Brown to undergo counselling for masturbating in the office;

Or under section 5, may remove a JP for misconduct.

Let’s see what David Lewis says about this then.

 


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  • Adolf Fiinkensein

    Very well done Cam. At last a coherent plan.

    • blokeintakapuna

      At last Whale is sharing his plan with us you mean?

    • CommonSense404

      Not sure that making it political is a sound idea. Complaining to the Federation of Justices is a good idea but I would not take it the next step to Crusher – too easy to result in negative spin

      • Dr Wang

        If we just wait a while, I’m sure Graham McCready will be straining at the leash to have a crack at Len Brown next!

  • conwaycaptain

    Make a complaint to Crusher.

    • blokeintakapuna

      maybe a “class action” (Pun intended) by the Whale Army?
      Where do we sign?

  • blokeintakapuna

    Maybe the MSM should ask Cunliffe about the perception of Auckland’s Mayor?
    If Bro-Town Brown really has to hide behind spin and weasel his way through elaborate twists and turns with pedantic wording in “the rules” to justify his continued tenure – he really is on unstable grounds – hopefully on a wobbly stool with a sturdy rope to strangle his political career.
    Len – if you can’t publically front to answer questions surrounding your credibility, ethics, honesty and suitability – and still can’t trust yourself with a “Company Credit Card” it really is time you committed a form of political Seppuku to salvage any shred of dignity.
    …and Seppuku would be a fitting way to end it with you and your “Geisha Girl”

    • dilligaf2013

      The spin doctors and political advisors Mr Brown uses are well versed in Labours policies, so I suggest you will only get the very same smoke and mirrors from Mr Cunliffe, as we have from Mr Brown. The most disappointing aspect of all this is, the total lack of respect Mr brown has for the office of mayor and the Auckland rate payers.

      • blokeintakapuna

        Yep – Len Brown – the only Mayor in NZ that has a self-hoisting petard

        • rrroberto

          The Petard on which the Mayor should be hoisted may be that created by the Labour Party, the Local Government Act 2002, the source of many of the countries ailments. Maybe the remedy for one of them.

    • conwaycaptain

      Read Tales of Old Japan and there is a description of one of the last acts of Seppuku.

      • blokeintakapuna

        Tales of personal integrity and honour… and that is what was is still likely is, most valued.
        If one doesn’t have personal integrity and a personal sense of honour… one certainly can’t claim any foundation to be able to lead anyone else – let alone NZ’s largest city.

  • dilligaf2013

    Nice try Cam and I sincerely hope it will bring more pressure to bear on Mr Brown; however, is “the territorial authority” a regional council – as opposed to a city council?

    • rrroberto

      Auckland Council is a Territorial Authority. Whats more it doubles up as a regional council, that’s why Auckland Council is known as a Unitary Authority

      • dilligaf2013

        Then the immediate way forward to maintain the pressure on Mr Brown is simple – Perhaps somebody with the appropriate resources can initiate this action…?

        • blokeintakapuna

          The Minister of Justice – delivers Auckland some Justice.
          …and please Crusher – give the corrupt trougher a full serve…

        • rrroberto

          Perhaps lay a complaint or lay multiple complaints direct to the Ministry of Justice on the basis that the allegedly behavior falls into the “serious” category as outlined in the legislation and the complaints procedure. Meantine request that as the Mayor would automatically become a JP when sworn in, the swearing in is postponed until the complaints procedure is resolved. It should not be difficult for Mr lewis on behalf of the Mayor to resolve this, all he needs to demonstrate is that Mr Browns behavior both public and private, was not of a nature likely to bring the office of JP into disrepute.At the same time he could seek the Government to repeal S41.4 of the LGA. Easy!

  • Toryboy

    I wonder how Len is enjoying his last full day as Mayor?

    • Col

      I heard he is not having 2 minute breaks anymore.

      • dumbshit

        he may well be ambidextrous by now

  • dyannt

    I do hope this strategy works.

    I would rather not hear any more salacious details about the way Len Brown satisfies his sexual needs, though I don’t know that his enormous ego will let him go without kicking and screaming at the unfairness of it all.

  • Col

    Notice how big Lenns head is getting, he has been told not to have any 2 minute breaks by his wife, and hold on until she can bring herself to him, that may not happen?
    Did someone tell me there was a security clip of Lenny and Bevan?

  • Release the Hounds

    As much as I would like to see him go I hardly see this as the metaphorical magic bullet. What I’m thinking is that we are stuck with this scumbag unless some more revelations come out soon. Collins won’t touch this with a barge pole.

    • dilligaf2013

      Then how about we keep up the pressure, somebody with resources makes the complaint and as suggested previously, we organise a protest march up Queen street to the Auckland town hall…..?

  • terrynaki

    Cam you said gone by friday,is that right?
    Its getting close and he aint going nowhere.

    • Release the Hounds

      Yeah what was with the throwing down the gauntlet and then nothing?

      • blokeintakapuna

        Riddle me this: How do you keep an entire city and country waiting in delicious anticipation of a corrupt official being brought to justice against their will and against an orchestrated litany of lies by complicit and biased Old Media?
        A – You drip feed evidence until the individual has no moral mandate to be even considering working for the Council…
        Time people… Time. Good things come to those who wait… and like Petal said a few days back – Rome wasn’t destroyed in a day…
        But yeah – hurry the fuck up already… It’s been a week now and I really need to do some work!

        • GarethsPussy

          It’s getting boring now, though….

          • dyannt

            Suggest you only come in once a day then. After work would probably do.

        • Release the Hounds

          I agree you drip feed but the drips are getting too far apart and quite small. One more big drip would have him sunk but don’t think its there.

  • wanarunna

    Technically correct, but I fear that the MSM and the public are not going to give too hoots that the Mayors conduct breached a rule they didn’t know existed. You can add to the list of rules he has broken ad infinitum, but so long as it is the same conduct that breached the rules, it won’t make a fig of difference. Everyone knows what he did, and peoples opinions will not change whether that conduct breached three rules or eighty three.
    What will change peoples opinion is disclosure of further misconduct.

    • GarethsPussy

      Yep. This technicality is going absolutely nowhere.

      • Reid

        I think if the complaint goes to Collins and she acts on it urgently I can’t see how it could not be upheld and I can’t see how the media could possibly avoid covering it.

    • rrroberto

      The Feds took out Al Capone on a technicality.

      • wanarunna

        Thats because they wanted to. I can’t see Collins wanting to get involved here. This is much like electoral law. How many complaints and apparent breaches of electoral law have there been over the years, yet how many have have landed in court? Five eights of fuck all, thats how many.

        • rrroberto

          I think there are 2 distinct aspects in plugging this line. In the short term ,it removes his favourite defence of “private life”, and at the same time it occupies his weasels in looking for loopholes around it. In the longer term, which I cant see would be necessary, but if it was, then it keeps the topic bubbling away, and at some point, somebody in high authority would need to be in the spotlight and state that behavior exhibited by Len Brown is perfectly acceptable for a JP.If they cant say that then he could be stripped of JP status, and that would be a problem give the LCA Act which requires the Mayor to be a JP. He could receive a lesser consequence such as counseling. But in the greater scheme of things its just another brick being dislodged from len’s Castle wall

  • Chancey

    nice work – another brick in the wall

    • blokeintakapuna

      Totally agree… and that calls for a musical tribute…

      • rrroberto

        and a “Dear Len” post card to go with that

  • CommonSense404

    Farrar is reporting that one of the spin doctors has been restructured out of 2 minute Len’s office. Who? (accepting that its probably been reported here already but lost amongst the tenfold increase in site traffic!)

  • timemagazine

    Do you remember the national MP,I don’t remember his name, who was drunk and abused a waiter? He was gone quite quickly. But I suppose rules are applied differently when it come to right wing politicians. The left is just above the law.

    • jb

      Some have longer memories than others!

  • jb

    He should be dismissed on that “above the law” sense of entitlement and arrogance alone.

  • cows4me

    Yeah Lennys a JP, Just Pathetic, don’t confuse his title with the real thing.

  • Dick Brown

    Just as an interesting aside…

    NZ Police can be Corrections Officers under the law but Corrections Officers cannot be NZ Police.

    Corrections staff MUST submit to a drug test to be employed but NZ Police do not.

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