Not just useless but absent as well

Len Brown has been a disaster for Auckland, but not only is he dead set useless, but he is mostly absent as well.

Mayor Len Brown had the worst attendance at Auckland Council’s most important meetings last year.

The Herald on Sunday has analysed attendance records for all 21 elected councillors across the four committees that made the biggest decisions – the Auckland Development Committee, the Finance and Performance Committee, and the Regional Strategy and Policy Committee – collectively known as “Committees of the Whole”.

Council’s primary decision-making arm, the Governing Body, which also expects all councillors to attend, was also included.   

Across 47 meetings, outgoing mayor Brown and experienced councillor Christine Fletcher were around the table the least, attending 33 meetings (70 per cent).

Brown’s record last year was an improvement from 2014, when he attended 30 of 50 meetings across the four key committees, a grade of 60 per cent.

Brown is paid $259,500 a year to be mayor, deputy mayor Penny Hulse receives $146,200 and councillors are on $101,900.

That’s probably more money than Brown has ever earned. He was basically a flea market organiser and a third rate conveyancing lawyer in a suburban office before his ego let him stand for public office.

History will not remember him well.

 

– NZ Herald


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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.

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