Len Brown brings “relief” to others, instead of himself

An interesting insight into the way Len Brown has hung on to his position while completely isolated from those he is supposed to work with.

Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse said she was standing again but her focus was on getting the region’s new rule book for growth, the Unitary Plan, into shape for council to approve in July or August.

Councillors told the Herald they were annoyed by getting word of Mr Brown’s decision at 9am on Sunday – when a news release was sent out by the mayoral office.

This was described as “typical” of Mr Brown’s aloof leadership style by Penny Webster, who is the chair of the finance and performance committee.

“We’ve been telling him for months to put us all out of our misery so we can move on.”

Yeah nah.   Very few on the council will survive the cull that’s ahead.   Auckland hasn’t forgotten the cowardice to act that amounted to tacit approval of Len Brown’s behaviour.  

However, some councillors say Mr Brown’s announcement signals the beginning of campaigning for next year’s election and publicity-seeking distractions for a council that has been far from united.

The former Manukau City Mayor told Radio NZ it would have been very hard to be re-elected to “one of the most all-consuming jobs in the nation”.

He was returned to the post in 2013, just days before news broke of his extra-marital affair with council advisory board member Bevan Chuang.

He said the scandal greatly affected his public image.

“I think it certainly had an impact on the view of Aucklanders towards me.”

You’re welcome.



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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.