Len Brown bought and paid for?

Although paying for his own directly incurred legal costs, Len Brown won’t cover the cost of the EY review.  Nor will he reimburse the rate-payer for the use of council resources such as his spin weasels to run interference and damage control.

Bernard Orsman reports

Mr McKay has estimated the cost of the EY (Ernst & Young) review at $100,000-plus. Other associated costs include legal advice to the council by Crown Solicitor Simon Moore, QC.

Last night, councillor Chris Fletcher said Mr Brown should have to shoulder some of the costs of the review once the bills came in.

The right-leaning Mrs Fletcher and left-leaning Mike Lee are planning a cross-party motion at Thursday’s council meeting to establish a monitoring committee to oversee the mayor and his office.

Mr Brown has never apologised to the council for the two-year affair and showed little remorse on Friday when his free hotel rooms and upgrades were revealed.   

Little remorse?  How about none at all.  And why would he apologise?  All this continues to be a matter between Len and Shan, and has absolutely no impact on his job to be an effective Mayor for Auckland.

Auckland interest groups have mixed views on his behaviour.

Problem Gambling Foundation chief executive Graeme Ramsey said the revelation Mr Brown took three free hotel nights and five upgrades at SkyCity hotels on top of a $15,000 donation from the casino company during the 2010 local body elections showed the company had deliberately gained his favour.

“I don’t think anyone can believe he can be impartial from this point onwards in any dealings with SkyCity,” Mr Ramsey said.


Only Len does. Remember no one since Jesus has faced as much scrutiny as him.

Len Brown should remember what happened to Jesus…it’s time he was crucified for his lack of self-control, poor management and judment and mostly just for being an arse.

The word is that he is hanging on until Phil Goff get’s his ducks lined up and they can avoid a by-election in Roskill and Brown can then resign.

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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.  And 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 that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.