Fran O’Sullivan on Len Brown being above the rules

Fran O’Sullivan from the NZ Herald doesn’t hold back as she discusses Len Brown’s propensity to fail to abide by the rules.

If he had any skerrick of honour left, Len Brown would by now have tendered his resignation as mayor to the people of Auckland.

It is absolutely clear that Brown has obtained multiple private benefits by virtue of his position as Mayor of Auckland.

It’s now time for Auditor-General Lyn Provost to open up a much wider inquiry to satisfy Aucklanders – and New Zealanders at large – just where Brown’s abuse of his position stopped.

Brown is hopelessly compromised by the Ernst & Young (EY) report, finally released after lengthy “negotiations” between the mayor’s office and Auckland Council chief executive Doug McKay on just what would be made public from the review into the possible use of council resources during the mayor’s two-year affair with Bevan Chuang. 

Len Brown claims he works for this city 24/7. The EY report shows otherwise. Fully 10% of his calls and txts were to his mistress on the council provided phone.

Brown has clearly flouted Auckland Council disclosure guidelines and general standards. This is symptomatic of a politician who believes he is above the rules. The fact that he was a “no show” at yesterday’s press conference indicates Brown has no answers outside the carefully crafted but ridiculous spin that his bevy of well-paid mayoral office press people have been churning out in recent days to try to deflect attention from the damaging findings in the review.

If Auckland councillors are running true to form, they will duck for cover and yet again split on ideological grounds.

Brown has clearly broken the Code of Conduct, but he has claimed before that it doesn’t apply to him. The councillors need to grow a pair each and stand up to him. If they stand by him though then I imagine there will eventually be electoral consequences for them. So far Denise Krum can hold her head higher than the rest.

This is no “right” versus “left” vulture hunt, as my colleague Brian Rudman said this week.

It is a matter of right and wrong.

The mayor has crossed the line and, just like his predecessor John Banks, he now needs to be held to account.

100% agree with Fran O’Sullivan, but you watch Len brown claim vindication and stay on in his job.


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