$5000 for Len’s walking stick? Someone is taking the piss

Len Brown’s walking stick cost the ratepayers $5000, that would have been better going into the tin to recoup the expenses he cost us with the inquiry into his rooting:

Aucklanders paid more than $5000 for a present given on their behalf to outgoing mayor Len Brown, records show.

Brown left office in October last year, after deciding not to run for a third term as the first Supercity mayor.

His second term in office was plagued by scandal when he admitted three days after the election to a two-year extra-marital affair.   

A report into the affair later also found Brown used his council phone to make nearly 1400 personal calls and texts to his mistress, and failed to declare more than $39,000 in free hotel rooms and upgrades.

At his last governing body meeting on September 29 last year Brown was presented with a traditional walking stick, known as a tokotoko.

In a document released under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings’ Act, the council revealed the gift cost $5000 plus GST.


In a statement, a spokesperson said the council considered the tokotoko an appropriate acknowledgement of Brown’s time in public office, including the “very demanding foundation years” of the SuperCity.

There were no events associated with marking Brown’s service, the spokesperson said.

The tokotoko is a symbol of authority and was made by Auckland-based master carver Wikuki Kingi. It was bought from Pou Kapua Creations.

That is just taking the piss. Is there no end to this sad little man?


– 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.

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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