The only mistakes Len Brown made were private

“I remain totally focused on the issues that matter most to Aucklanders, including improving our transport system, tackling Auckland’s housing crisis and continuing to invest in our future.”

Nothing changes.

For now.

“The report includes details in relation to my, and my family’s, private use of accommodation that are not within the scope of the investigation but that I need to address.

“The report notes that over a three-year period I, and my family, stayed privately in hotels in central Auckland on a number of occasions. The arrangements for these hotels were made privately in most cases, and in all cases payment was made privately.

“My reason for staying in the central city is that I often work until late in the evening – attending meetings, functions or civic events – and I start work early the next morning, often for media interviews or breakfast events. A significant number of these rooms were also booked and used privately by me and my family.  

“I was not charged for nine of these hotel rooms, including one occasion in relation to Ms Chuang.

 “As the report notes, I never used council resources for private accommodation or in relation to Ms Chuang, and I do not hold a council credit card.

Brown and his “family” stayed at the Hotel on many occasions.

None of which he felt worth declaring as private gain through Council relationship obtained gifts.

Here is the “Oops, I did it again” clause of the Len Brown Defence

“However, I accept that as Mayor I am subject to a higher standard of public accountability, and in this context I should not have accepted the free rooms offered to me, and should have disclosed this fact when I was asked about it in October.

“This was an error of judgement and I apologise to the people of Auckland

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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.