Len Brown’s secret room


Can this get any more surreal?

Thousands of dollars have been spent building a private bathroom and dressing room hidden behind a bookcase in under-fire Auckland Mayor Len Brown’s new office.

And eyebrows have been raised about the secret rooms, given Brown’s past indiscretions.

During a two-year affair with Bevan Chuang, the pair had sex in the mayoral office and other council rooms.

Last night the hidden rooms were labelled “inappropriate” and “a really bad look”.

Councillor Sharon Stewart said she had not seen the new office, but “I don’t think it’s a good look … I don’t think he should have secret rooms in light of what’s gone on.”

Councillor Linda Cooper said the mayor had a perception problem. “When you’ve been caught before … you’ve got to be wise about your actions and how they’ll be perceived by the public, given your history.”

Affordable Auckland leader Stephen Berry said hiding rooms behind a bookcase was “highly inappropriate and a really bad look”.

“Didn’t he learn from the Bevan Chuang incident?”

Len Brown is just giving us all a huge extended middle finger.

The bathroom cost $10,000 and the large dressing room, which includes an $800 wardrobe, an ironing board and – according to plans – a two-seater couch, is accessible by a hinged section of bookcase that swings open like a door.

Brewer said most would see the bathroom as “more James Bond and probably better suited for the general manager of Hotel Versace”.

“Given these are times of austerity according to the mayor, I don’t think communities facing local project and service cutbacks will appreciate this kind of showing off.”

Brown would not speak to the Herald on Sunday about the rooms, saying only through his spokesman, Glyn Jones, that the move to Albert St was “great value for ratepayers” because it would save $100m.

Council bosses have said the move would save $100m over 20 years.

Maybe Ngati Whatua have chipped in with some funds as long as Len Brown promises not to desecrate their meeting room and table by having his hairy two timing butt exposed somewhere else on public premises.

I hope no one runs a black light over that couch…I bet it would glow in the dark.


– Cherie Howie, Herald on Sunday


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  • terrynaki

    Len really is a sick puppy,pity on all you voters who actually didn’t.

  • redeye

    What out Wellington. You’re next.

    • That said, Cecelia Wade Brown is much better looking than Len Brown, so the mental image is nowhere near as bad.

      • Aucky

        Good old Cecilia. She would probably use it as somewhere to park her bike.

        • phronesis

          Len does

          • Aucky

            Very droll phronesis.

        • Is that what they’re calling it now?

      • burns_well_eh

        I guess you mean Celia Wade Brown, and you’d better go to Spec Savers…

  • Time For Accountability

    It is an ensuite to his office playground.

  • Pete

    You know he’s up to it still eh.!?

    You just do.

    • Nige.

      whether he is or not it certainly looks like the intention is there. whats going to come out next i wonder?

      • Pete

        I would almost bet my house on the fact that more gory details of Lens antics will surface.

      • Never in the dark…..

        The vending machine. Viagra, RoughRider snd chocolate body paint.

        • Sooty

          Stand for whips and bondage gear!

  • no bullswool

    Time for a new mayor this guy is out of control and spending our money on his own indulgences. Given his expense account history in Manukau I’m not surprised !

  • steve and monique

    Well that is just dandy. A hidden room for a serial philanderer.

  • Nige.

    ask yourself “would i feel comfortable putting in a secret bathroom/wash down bay in the back of my office”

    the guy is not normal.

    • Raibert

      also, what advice was he given by his spin doctors? Surely his team of half a dozen media manipulators must have seen this coming.

    • Luis Cannon

      The CEO and Brown’s stooges are equally culpable for letting him have the money and pandering his abnormal behavior. Getting rid of Brown alone won’t fix the rotting carcase that is Auckland Council. Time for the razor gang to take the kid gloves off and ship out some of these idiots.

  • cows4me

    “I don’t think it’s a good look”. Best understatement of the year.

  • Forrest Ranger

    No wonder female councillors have not seen the room in the new office – they probably want to stay as far away from it as possible

  • 1951

    Haha, leading article on zb news.

    • Aucky

      Warming up for Mike Hosking in the morning.

  • Champagneshane

    “Two seater couch”…….. If it’s revealed that it’s a two seater rolled arm chesterfield, perfect height for bending over, then I will instantly navigate to the WO donate button and drop $50 into the coffers

  • Bruce S

    The Bevan Chung room?

  • Brian of Mt Wellington

    He seriously appears to have some sort of mental problem. I wonder if he has a painting in his office he can hide behind with moving eyes that he can spy on people in his office while he strokes the snake

  • 40something

    EEEEEEEEWWWWWWW!!!! Yuuuuccccckkkk!!!

  • Old Man, Torbay.

    Have to wonder if there’s also another secret access, for selected guests.

    • HSV325

      Yeah the goods / service lift

  • phronesis

    If this story was satire it would seem implausibly stupid.

  • JC

    I can just imagine the odd person popping into the Mayor’s office and singing “Come out come out wherever you are”.

    I might have made a couple of spelling mistakes there.


  • Lemuzz

    Playboy Mansion

  • KGB

    Pull-out couch?

    • HSV325

      Perhaps a Sky Couch knock off haha

    • Luc Jorieux

      Pull off couch?

      • Dr Gonzo

        Insatiable Inflatable ?

  • HSV325

    Completely out of touch. Pants Down would have had knowledge and seen the plans and if he had any sense he would have said I want to changed to a normal door. Brown is out of control.

    • Aucky

      The reverse is more likely to be true. PDB saw the plans and changed the original door to a false bookcase.

  • Monty Bank

    Lascivious Len’s Lunchtime Library Layaway.

    –reposted from General —
    What’s the odds the “2 seater” couch in the “dressing room” is a foldaway bed?

  • Michael Cosgrove

    Shock Horror

    Penny pinching citizens of NZ’s largest city object to bargain basement ensuite in mayor’s office.

    • Rachael Membery

      Surely pinching Penny (Hulse) isn’t allowed ;).

  • Ilovelife

    Did Mrs Pantsdown know about this. What an outrage! And we have to pay higher rates for this sort of carry on (I restrained myself there!)

  • Aucky

    ‘Council bosses have said the move would save $100m over 20 years.’

    C’mon that’s $5 mill a year or $20,000 per week. Cost analysis please. Do you really think that we were born yesterday?

    Can’t wait for Hosking in the morning.

    • Warren Murray


      • Aucky

        I had to look twice too Warren but that’s the figure they have quoted.
        God knows where they plucked that from.

    • rantykiwi

      Check your maths…. $5M per year = $100k per week.

      • Aucky

        I stand corrected RK. That’s an even worse exaggeration then.

  • Righto_then

    Can someone please start an online petition now – on the back of this latest revelation and while the iron is hot – to demand his resignation? Also add to it that all Aucklanders demand the right to recall an election at anytime so that we can hold our Mayor accountable for his actions.

    • Raibert

      Add to this we should all be writing / phoning our MP’s and Councillors to express our disgust and demand he be recalled. We really need to have someone in the Auckland Mayors role that people can trust.

  • Carl

    If he has a secret door leading into this room I’m pretty sure there will be a secret pull down bed somewhere in there.

    • Ilovelife

      Or a nice shag pile carpet.

      • Carl

        In front of a nice open fire. Sorry that would have to be a gas fire now cause he is getting rid of those as well.

  • CheesyEarWax

    My question is, is there a slide pole down that leads to the Bat cave?

    • stephen2d

      No slide pole, just a dancing pole.

  • Time For Accountability

    Spare a thought for the next mayor sitting in the same chair and at the same desk and using the ensuite.

    The place will need fumigated.

  • Tom

    It’s called a mastabatorium.

  • KiaOra

    I guess you all expect him to go home after work to change for evening engagements? This type of thing is pretty standard for high level executives.

    • Kevin

      Yes, I do. And he’s not a high level executive he’s a mayor who got in on literally the brown vote and voter apathy and not competence, ability, or experience.

      And I also expect him and all the other idiotic councillors to use public transport just like how they’re trying to force us peasants to.

    • Kip_Dynamite

      High level executives are normally running corporates that are turning a profit. Len is supposed to be serving the people of Auckland in his role as mayor, but from what I can see Len is cynically using ratepayers money for his own grubby little ends. Are the ACC communal facilities not good enough for him?

      While Len is enjoying his private little ensuite long suffering Aucklanders get eye watering rate hikes year on year.

    • Never in the dark…..

      That would be appropriate for high-level executives, not high-level low-lifes like PDB.

      EDIT: If it were such a requirement, why has no sitting mayor before not installed such?

      • Ilovelife

        …and why hidden behind a bookcase?

        • Never in the dark…..

          Exactly. There’s typically just a door.

          • Sooty

            I would like to see how they hung that door. Not standard door hinges, by the look of it.

          • Hard1

            But is there ANOTHER door ?.

    • Nige.

      what after a hot sticky sweaty day at the office?

      all i would expect him to do is go down the hall a little way into an ensuite which is not directly behind his casting couch and perhaps having the fore sighte not to make it look so brazenly obvious.

    • 40something

      He’s already got his own gymnasium I believe, courtesy of the Auckland ratepayer – can he not shower and change there?
      There’s nothing ‘high level’ or ‘executive’ about this guy.

      • Aucky

        There’s nothing even remotely mayoral about him either.

        • 40something

          If it wasn’t so tacky I’d swear he lifted the secret bookcase idea straight from an episode of Scooby Doo.

          • Mark

            He would have got away with it too if it wasn’t for that meddling reporter…

    • Isherman

      He also uses Hotels in the CBD when he’s having a ‘busy’ week, they have all the facilities he needs so I’m not convinced that this is needed in his own office. Given his past, this is just a plain bad look.

      • Sooty

        Too far to go for only two minute noodles.

    • H. Upmann

      I would think so too.

      While I cannot believe that I am saying anything in defense of this despicable little man, this sort of set up is pretty standard practice and makes sense.

      Why it is hidden behind a bookcase is the bit that does not make sense.

      • 40something

        Because it is just not a bathroom it is a lair.
        No-one needs a couch in an ensuite.

    • dennis

      I can assure you it is not standard in NZ. Executive wash rooms in USA in some organisations but even that caused discontent amongst other ranks and has been done away with in many companies. Brown is mayor, a position that not long ago was done out of a sense of civic duty and not remunerated, hi s incompetence is such that he should be dismissed not rewarded.


      ….hidden behind a bookcase?????

    • Billythekid

      It is, the deviate types.

  • Kevin

    Worst. Mayor. Ever.

    Anyone remember Len’s stuff up of the RWC and how Wellington had to step in?

  • Never in the dark…..

    I’m surprised he didn’t just push for a private flat, with a kitchen and bar instead. Or would that be way too obvious a give away?

  • Warren Murray

    Can no one stop this fool?

    Perhaps he was inspired by the Diary of Anne Frank?

  • Kip_Dynamite

    Being the mayor of Auckland is hard work. Len has to rise to the challenge every day and sometimes pull off what seems like miracles. And after he’s given it everything he’s got and he’s feeling deflated, he needs somewhere private to wash off the grime of the day.

    • 40something

      After reading that I feel dirty.

      • Cadwallader

        Good feeling though! The next mayoral election is now less than two years ahead. Any candidates arising? The only comment I have heard to date is Rachaelly Smallbrain championing Phil Goff. When will the Lefties realize that recycling dead wood isn’t for everyone?
        Now, I may get moderated (rightfully) all the way to Mars; but why doesn’t Cam stand? By that time Freed will be full steam and his cohorts can shoulder much of the burden while Cam runs through the Akl C.C. like a Sherman tank. This idea may seem a bit far-fetched but much of what the msm dishes up is far-fetched.

        • Rachael Membery

          I am sure there would be cries of conflict of interest.
          Can often do more outside of the tent than when able to be called to account. lol Well that was the theory anyway.

    • Dumrse

      The thing he most likes pulling off IS NOT miracles but yes, I can understand why we needs a bit of privacy. Once a [redacted] always a [redacted].

    • Albert Lane

      What? So Len can rise to the challenge every day? That couch has to go.

  • Dr Gonzo

    Trough trough trough your snout
    Merrily through the cash
    If it starts to run a bit short
    Give rates hikes a lash….

    • Rachael Membery

      and yourself a rash?

      • Dr Gonzo

        after a dodgy pash ?

  • FredFrog

    He also wanted one of the elevators in that wing that his office is situated in to be modified so that it would be private and for his use only. Threw a tanty when facilities refused to do so.

  • Euan Ross-Taylor

    My question is, “Who authorised this? This may have been Len’s idea but who has signed their name to authorise it? Heads need to roll giving in to Brown’s delusions. Can WO please find out who signed off on this and publicise it!

  • 40something

    Question of the day – why are we being held hostage to Mayor Lens various peccadillos? . . . And why are we being made to feel guilty about it?

  • Davo42



    This would be the ideal April fool’s joke…..unfortunately it isn’t….what a fool

  • McGrath

    This has gone beyond just taking the piss…

    • Nige.

      you could substitute “the” for “a”

  • andrewo

    Hey, play fair ! – He need somewhere private to masturbate

  • Markus Aurelius

    I feel sorry for whoever takes over from Brown in 2016 – if it were me I’d d be asking for funds to rip the office out and start again, or at the least MAF/industrial strength fumigation.

  • Never in the dark…..

    Really quite surprised at the Horrid’s headline:

    ‘Secret room’ spending shows need for recall elections

  • letrec

    I think of council chambers, then I have this disgusting thought of seedy Lens secret chamber

    • Albert Lane

      After the next local body election, Auckland will have a new mayor. What’s the first thing that new mayor will be doing? Anybody want to buy a used two-seater couch?

    • Mine it,Drill it,Sell it.

      Yes it gives a new meaning to “Book Depository”

  • ChrisMcM77

    Yet another issue that Len refuses to answer any questions on. I have no confidence in his ability to be mayor and have lost all respect for the office of the mayor.

  • 2eyesee

    “Councillor Linda Cooper said the mayor had a perception problem.”

    LOL! I think as far as Len Brown’s indiscretions are concerned we’re way beyond an issue of ‘perception’.

  • LesleyNZ

    How could this have been allowed to happen? I feel so angry about Len Brown spending OUR hard earned money on his own secret hidey-hole room. This is weird. Does he do his own ironing or does someone do it for him? I feel even more so angry (does that make sense?) when I was told yesterday how much the parks/reserve budget has been cut back by Len and his cronies and you can see clearly that the maintenance in our parks/reserves/streets is not being done as regularly and as thoroughly and up to standard, as it used to be. Auckland will be a very livable city – for weeds and rubbish.

  • At least this will centralise the sticky stains. Will it be the green coloured couch that gets located into the large dressing room?

  • Dave

    I have no issues wiht Len having a private bathroom, and a changing room. A few years back, the office I had, had a meeting room and private bathroom both accessed from my office. the meeting room had a private wardrobe, and doubled as a changeroom for me to go to other meetings, or functions after work, or requiring different dress. This was great, as in Sydney, it was almost an hour to work, going home to change was not a good use of time or an option. However, the rom was 95% of the time a meeting room, and was utilised for that a lot. As such i have no issues with the Mayor of Auckland having a bathroom or changing room, but the secret enterance, WHY?

    • Bryan

      when you read the article the herald put up the answer is actually there . The mayor office had no input, It was the architect that did the design to give a bit of better look than just a door in the middle of two bookcases. The old office had bathroom facilities so really there is no more than what the old office had.It just people reading more into it than is there due to his past actions
      The only thing they have probally not told him is they could have installed hidden cameras for security haha

      • Nechtan

  • OAP

    Next to this article on Lenny is an ad for Asian Senior dating for men…coincidence!

  • thesilentmajority

    I wonder if the two seater couch is in fact a sofa bed?

  • hunk4hire .

    It’s like one of those James Bond deals…..when you enter the seemingly normal office of Mr. Evil he taps on the bookcase, causing it to swivel around and one is suddenly transported into a large, futuristic, high tech control room…….excuse me…………..bathroom………..populated by gorgeous, tall blond technicians in tight, spandex Star Trek uniforms………I beg your pardon……..I mean mayoral staffers.

  • Nechtan

    I find it interesting that Len Brown is not subject to the same style of reporting as John Key, Judith Collins, or Jerry Brownlee endure.

    Len has after all pretty much proven he can’t manage the city’s budget, has ordered massive rate rises, sky rocketed the council debt, installed several projects in South Auckland which had for example Judith Collins instigated them would have resulted in calls of vote buying, bias, conflict of interest and the like.

    With the scandals he has indulged in and sheer incompetence he has shown it beggars belief that he has got such an easy run in the media, especially the Herald, but then the left very rarely turn on their own.

    • spanishbride

      If he texted Cam that would all change….. yeah nah.

  • spanishbride

    I just got a photo via the tipline of the interior of Len Brown’s dressing room. I must say that it is lovely. Very cosy.

  • Wheninrome

    A better look would be if the bathroom etc., were for the use of all of the Councillors – top executives in the Council.
    It is not only the Mayor who has to go to other functions, he maybe a little smelly, maybe possibly very smelly, given the hot weather, but they could all share on an as needed basis, he is not superior to others that he needs one for himself. He is elected as are the other Councillors and rate payers need value for the salaries etc., that are paid and a good start would be sharing the ablution block.

  • Anthony

    why does he need a shower big enough for three people?