Bye, bye Len, don’t let the door hit you in the arse on the way out

Len Brown has finally realised his goose is cooked. He’s announced he won’t be standing again for the Auckland Mayoralty.

Auckland mayor Len Brown has announced he will not stand for re-election.

Brown said in a statement on Sunday morning that it had been “my absolute honour to be given the privilege to be able to serve our people as the first mayor of a united Auckland”.

“However after discussions with my wife Shan and our daughters, I have decided nine years as mayor, first of Manukau and then Auckland, are enough,” he said.   

“Aucklanders have my assurance that my commitment to this job will continue until the last day of my mayoralty. There is still enormous amount we need to achieve during the coming year.

“My best wishes to those who decide to stand for what is one of the most all-consuming jobs in the nation. Tamaki Makaurau is an extraordinary place which will place extraordinary demands on whoever takes up the challenge.”

Brown said opponents had “wrote us off from day one, but the achievements during the first five years of the new Auckland have been extraordinary”.

“Auckland is more confident and positive about its future than it has been in decades. We are becoming a true international city and the symbols of our optimism are all around us.

“Electric trains, double decker buses, a growing network of cycleways, new ferry routes and most of all construction is about to begin on the City Rail Link – the most important piece of infrastructure to be built in Auckland in decades.”


He forgot the billions in debt racked up by his mayoralty…to fund boondoggles and pet projects. As is usual Len Brown is being economical with the truth.

Good riddance, he should have gone after being caught with his pants down.

I’m very pleased to have played a part in his demise.

Len screwed up again though,  he should have announced November 22nd to slide a turd under Phil Goff’s announcement.


– Fairfax

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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.

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