Herald defends Brown over sex scandal but attacks mayor over $142 satchel

That bought and paid for embedded NZ Herald spin weasel  Bernard Orsman feebly attempts to show he is capable of balanced reporting by getting his teeth into the $142-per-satchel council scandal.

Auckland councillors and local board members have been given leather satchels to carry their council documents, at a [total] cost of $23,304.

The 164 fancy bags – emblazoned with the council’s pohutukawa logo – come as Mayor Len Brown promises a crackdown on rising debt and salaries for executives.

Councillor Linda Cooper returned her $142 briefcase after holding it up during her maiden speech on Wednesday, a move labelled a stunt by councillor Cathy Casey.

Boo!  Bad Len!  Out of control spending!

Let’s see how Orsman turns the screws on his former friend Len Brown.  

Mayor Brown agrees with providing the satchels to elected members.

“The satchels were provided because councillors and local board members are required to attend meetings across the region and need to be able to securely store and carry mobile phones and laptops,”

Yeah, that’s slapping him down hard Bernie.

You da man!

You rapacious journo, you.

How about you show some professional integrity and ask the Mayor the following questions

  • Did you have sex on Council premises?
  • Did you have sex on Council time?
  • Did you have sex with Council employees, contractors or other people remunerated with City Council funds
  • Have you used your influence as Mayor to assist these people you have had sex with in the advancement of their careers?
  • How many people have you had sex with while married to Shan?
  • How many of those were Council employees, contractors or other people remunerated by, or benefited personally or commercially from the City Council?
  • Have you received and shared perks obtained by being the Mayor of Auckland for purposes on private business, such as using free hotel rooms for your “private” sex with council subordinates?
  • Have you or your agents tried to contact any of these women since this story broke
  • Have you or your agents offered money, threats or any other direct or indirect force to keep these women from talking to third parties such as the press or women’s magazines?
  • Did you order the threatening texts to be sent, or was this a personal initiative by one of your staff?
  • Why did you fire the spin doctors that didn’t break the law?
  • Can you please explain your reasoning that you can be an effective front man for Auckland when you cancel most public appearances, get shouted down, and continue to be laughed at by (using NZ Herald poll data) almost half of the population?
  • How can anyone be in the Ngati Whatua Room, with or without you present, and not imagine you lying on the table inserting yourself into Ms Chuang before getting caught by a security guard?
  • Why won’t you front to media unless they agree to act in your defence?
  • Shan has removed her wedding ring when she is seen publicly, do you have any comment to make about the future of your marriage?
  • Would you like an opportunity to qualify your earlier statement that you “have made full disclosure”?

 

Source:  that wet sponge Bernard Orsman at the NZ Herald, with some further incisive questions by Cam Slater

 


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  • dilligaf2013

    Same shit – different day

  • Monty

    I can’t believe any organisation still has board papers when it should all be done via a secure portal on an iPad. Massive reduction in risk as well as saving time and money http://www.boardbooks.com/overview-product/.
    Disclosure I do own a few shares in Diligent but that is beside the point.

    • Patrick

      iPads for public servants – I have had some involvement in such matters, most end up in the spotty teenage kids hands. The results usually are massive telecoms bills for downloads from peer to peer illegal file sharing sites, damaged or lost devices. Very few are used for the purpose of which they were intended. They end up being a security threat as the devices have access to secure networks. On top of that most public servants are incapable of using these devices for business purposes. In the end they are taxpayer sponsored toys.

      • Chancey

        plus you are in a meeting with them they don’t stop fiddling with them

  • williamabong

    Why is this blog the only place in the country those questions are being asked, why are the media terrified to ask even ONE of these questions, the so called impartial media have proven themselves to be gutless, spineless whimps and as such are nothing more than easily manipulated accessories to Browns theft from the Auckland ratepayer.

    • dilligaf2013

      I asked direct and legitimate questions about the one sided reporting from each of the reporters who had articles published in the NZ Herald about Mr Brown. I sent an email to each one, via the papers own comment email function and asked the very same questions of each reporter.
      Not one repsonse was forthcoming.
      This suggests that they are being told what to write and how to write anything (perhaps by Mr Oarsman?), plus they are displaying a disturbing level of arrogance by their obvious ignoring of the real story in this mess. Mr Brown is soley responsible for his own irresponsible and insidious actions – not some right wing conspiracy to cloud the real story.

      • williamabong

        The NZ Herald needs to have a close look at the current situation at NZ Post as the wheels fall off the dinosaur, more people with brains are starting to work out that what gets printed and the truth are strangers.
        If you sell yesterdays product to yesterdays people sooner or later your target audience will diminish and sadly for you tomorrows people ask questions and want answers, not bullshit spin.
        It isn’t to late, the Herald could still push Len under the bus and grab a little bit of dignity back or continue on and be nothing more than toilet paper with ink on it.

        • dilligaf2013

          NZ Herald motto
          “NEVER let the truth get in the road of a good story”

          • Cowgirl

            Except they are ignoring the truth and letting a fantastic story get away from them!

    • Cowgirl

      I did quite enjoy the Marcus Lush interview the other day though

  • GazzW

    You need to do better than this Bernard if you are to uphold the Herald’s fine tradition of providing its readers with unsurpassed trained & skilled journalism.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Hey Bernie – LBIAFC

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Hey Len – Can we fix it?

    • Steve (North Shore)

      No it’s fucked

      • Mr_Blobby

        Yes but who fucked it?

        • Steve (North Shore)

          The fucking Socialists, that’s who

    • blokeintakapuna

      No… But if we engage enough spin Weasels and have complicit, tame media push an obfuscating, but somewhat related agenda… Maybe, just maybe…

  • Day Day

    Satchelgate? pfft…

    • blokeintakapuna

      Lennie’s handbag issue… And I wasn’t referring to Bevan or the Mayor’s hand either…

    • Ronnie Chow

      Don’t mention the Council cars .

  • Nice sarcasm Cameron, take that u mealy mouth Journo’s :-)

  • Kizzy MCD

    my question to YOU is….when are you going to let this go, Len is still in office and no amount of boohooing about it is going to change a thing?

    • opusx

      Sooo….you think Cam should let it go…and not post his own daily thoughts on his own blog? Like you, he can write whatever he wants. You have clearly moved on, and I salute you for doing so.

      But a lot of Aucklanders are not ‘letting it go’, so why should he?

      • Kizzy MCD

        I just think it all sounds like sour grapes now…he’s trying to keep this hatred going when its not really getting him anywhere. I don’t agree with what Len has done but I won’t allow it to take up any more of “my time” like Cam is doing. It would appear that Len has “won” he is still in office and probably will be for the next 3 yrs….does that mean that Cam is going to keep this up for 3 yrs…geez I can think of better things to write about….just my thoughts on this

        • Chancey

          why are YOU wasting your time then?

        • opusx

          Yeah, but it appeals to the Woman’s Weekly reader in all of us ;-)

        • dyannt

          Have you not heard the saying –
          “Winners never quit, and quitters never win.”

          Len’s demise may not happen overnight, but it will happen.

        • Ronnie Chow

          “I won’t allow it to take up any more of “my time” ”

          You just did .

        • williamabong

          So which one of his sisters are you?

        • pukakidon

          You are sounding like the typical bend over and take it up the backside Kiwi. Have a spine and hold this cheating liar to account. He has shat all over the Auckland Rate payer, not to mention showing his real side when it comes to his so called christian beliefs and also what he really thinks of Woman and family.

          We should never stand for scumbags like this, regardless of what the self absorbed MSM think. You need to start thinking for your self rather believing the likes of crap talking Campbell.

        • Mr_Blobby

          Are you past, present or future hopeful.

    • blokeintakapuna

      The blog is mightier than the spin weasels and a paper that is prints news already outdated before it leaves the printing press…

    • Ronnie Chow

      NEVER ……ask Shane Geoffrey Jones .

    • Cowgirl

      Because it would be remiss of us as NZers to let him get away with shafting us and our fellow NZers. The beauty of our system is that we can have a say, and make a difference, so why shouldn’t we use it when we see corruption right in front of us? Many other people in the world regularly die for the rights we take for granted.
      What was the saying? That in order for evil to triumph, all it takes is for good men (and women!) to do nothing? I’m paraphrasing here but I’m sure you get my drift.

      • Kizzy MCD

        how is Len having an affair corruption? lol

        • Cowgirl

          Surely you jest – for the hard of understanding I will spell out again for you. Having sex with a council employee is a breach of the council’s Code of Ethics, as is rooting all over public property on public time and (most likely) with public money. Lying to the electorate about being an upstanding Christian family man just to get elected is corrupt, using your position to do favours for a mistress, or to get free hotel rooms to root in is corrupt. And I’d be prepared to lay money on the idea that Brown most likely promised Chuang that he’d help her get elected – corrupt.

    • Mr_Blobby

      Just getting started cunty.

    • Ronnie Chow

      “no amount of boohooing about it is going to change a thing?”

      Ain’ you lernt nuffing on this blog , Kizzy ? The dam , it is about to break .

  • Toryboy

    I think everyone is overlooking an important point about having satchels in the first place, and why that is; it is yet another piece of socialist social engineering –

    A satchel is kinda ‘effeminate’ whereas a briefcase makes you look like a ‘man’ – so guess which one the Labour party socialists chose?

    • opusx

      Like I’ve stated before a happy retard and his Spider-Man lunchbox are not easily parted.

    • kehua

      Probably made in China by Bevans cuzzies.

    • Ronnie Chow

      Do the satchels have GPS ?

  • Salacious T Crumb

    So about these satchels. Are there pockets for Kleenex and lube?

    • GazzW

      ………..don’t forget the tissues.

  • Dick Brown

    Perfect example of a manufactured story.

    What would have made it relevant in the current climate of public interest was if Len had slept with the successful satchel maker tenderer.

    As it stands, it’s a relatively expensive work tool that acts as a modicum level of security, creates ownership of the documents within due to its personalised logos, and… well, just damned handy to chuck in sandwiches and penthouses as well.

    Nothing to see here.

    Tell you what though, congratulations for the herald for unwittingly giving the satchels a further level of tacit security; one thing’s for sure; no-one will want to lose one of them!

    • opusx

      Really important documents can be rolled up and placed inside an old cigar tube for insertion into a safe and discreet orifice. .

      • rockape

        You must have done the same course as me!

        • Ronnie Chow

          Depends if you have a shoephone .

    • James Growley

      Perhaps, but by identifying them with the logo, I can see them being a “must steal” by the criminal braggers.

      • Ronnie Chow

        Thing is , Pohutukawas are like weeds around Wellington . Just brand their foreheads .

  • Col

    I would be telling the troops to buy a bag, Auckland is losing more money, it is the little things that add up, right Lenny?

  • Ronnie Chow

    I would add to that “Why did you not use a condom?.”

    • redeye

      Because he’s a devout Catholic of course.

      • Ronnie Chow

        Loose lips sink ships . God , why did I write that .

      • Ronnie Chow

        From Bevan’s statement “He then asked if next time I could bring condoms,” she said.

        Nothing to do with religion . Everything to do with risk taking .

        @Whaleoil:disqus on Twitter | Whaleoil on Facebookom Bevan’s statement

  • Clemgeopin

    Many good, legitimate, public interest questions there Mr Cameron. May I suggest that you should send this list of questions to all the councilors, the CEO, the Minister of local government, and especially the persons conducting the ‘investigation’ about this affair.

    • Chancey

      May I suggest we all do individually

  • pukakidon

    What a pathetic worm orsman is. Who gives a toss about such a small inconsequential issue. Another bloody MSM muppet.

  • redeye

    By the by, when did employers start being required to provide briefcases and will councillors be required hand them back at the end of their term?

    All good questions Cam but for me the most offensive act was parading himself around as a devout Catholic to garner votes while engaging in this affair. That’s tantamount to electoral fraud in my books.

  • Dave

    Can someone please remind me who this Orsman is, and WTF he does of any value oh, what is the Herald. Surely its not that Lie sheet like the “News of the World”, i thought it was well dead and buried!

    • He works in the Albert street branch of the mayors office

  • andrew carrot

    How much space do Len’s councillors need?! They only need a bag big enough to carry a pen and something to recycle the “Tick Here” post-it notes.

  • BJ

    Just because in the private sector employers might choose to provide such things, does not translate into government employees needing to receive the same. Business owners are making money that provide jobs and contribute tax along the way – they are not spending taxpayers money. Taxpayers should not be providing all the ‘nice to have’ extras for council employees. A leather logo satchel won’t make them any better at their job.

    Right – back to the main point – those are 16 reasonable and particularly pertinent questions I’d like Len to answer if someone would ask them

  • Momo

    At $124, I bet those satchels are pleather. I’d hand mine back too.
    Len does love cheap and tacky stuff…

    • Ronnie Chow

      But did he go down , Momo ….

  • Cowgirl

    I can’t believe they are sitting on their hands over this – this is journalistic gold

    • Chancey

      maybe because the journalists have left and there are only repeaters left

      • Ronnie Chow

        The right left with only the left left . Bloody French . Better than bottom or top , I suppose .

    • GazzW

      Any newspaper worth its salt would have asked the hard questions by now. There’s an agenda going on for sure and if WO doesn’t expose it then someone like Ian Wishart will. Auckland is still a small town and corporate secrets impossible to keep. Some pillowtalk or an aggrieved journo is all that it will take.

      • Cowgirl

        I can’t believe it didn’t come out sooner – it doesn’t appear to have been much of a secret and as you say Auckland is still a small town. Now because the lid is off, all the worms come spilling out, but how come no one came forward sooner?

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