Len Brown’s secret room

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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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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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