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Fran O’Sullivan – Call in the Auditor-General

Fran O’Sullivan adds another of the cuts in Len Brown’s long and slow death by a 1000 cuts.

Auditor-General Lyn Provost is the right person to take inquiries into Len Brown’s relationship with the SkyCity hotels and casino operator to the obvious next stage.

The mayor of Auckland has attempted to brazen his way through the embarrassing detritus exposed by the EY (Ernst & Young) report into some of the implications of his two-year affair with Bevan Chuang.

But that report, emasculated as it was after legal negotiations between Brown’s lawyer and the Auckland Council’s QC, has put new material on the table which must now be investigated by the Auditor-General herself.

It was fundamentally inappropriate for Brown to take the three freebies and accept five upgrades from the SkyCity and SkyCity Grand hotels in Auckland.

Particularly, as the Auckland Council had to take a position on the Government’s controversial “pokies for convention centre swap” and the mayor – who had previously railed against problem gambling – let his principles melt away. ? Read more »

Silence won’t work Len

Len Brown continues to remain silent on the contents of the report by Ernst & Young.

Doug McKay will now be waiting a respectable amount of time before releasing it. Today it is a week since the report was given to Brown for comment.

The fact that he promptly lawyered up indicates that it isn’t good reading.

Meanwhile Bernard Orsman’s direct line to the Mayor’s office seems to have been severed.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown will not say if he has received free hotel rooms as pressure mounts on him to come clean on overnight stays in the city.

The use of hotel rooms by Mr Brown is believed to be at the centre of a legal wrangle holding up the release of the Ernst & Young (now EY) report into use of council resources during the mayor’s extra-marital affair with Bevan Chuang.? Read more »

Did Len Brown declare his gifts of free hotel rooms?

I see that room rates at the SkyCity Grand and the Langham start below the $300 dollar threshold which would require Len to list as a gift.

However, if he was upgraded to something more than the basic room – the $300 threshold would likely be passed. Plus we know he has used the hotels on multiple occasions, so the threshold of a gift has been passed anyway as a matter of quantum.

Could Len Brown confirm for us what rooms he stayed in for free.

Meanwhile, at the Langham I thought these deals seemed appropriate for Len: ? Read more »

Brown didn’t pay with council cash but did take freebies for hotels

No wonder Len Brown is happy for a whitewash inquiry over expenses…he didn’t pay…he did however take freebies for the hotel rooms for his roots, all based?on the fact of his position as Mayor.

Bevan Chuang is confident Len Brown will be cleared by a spending inquiry in the wake of their extra-marital affair, saying he paid for everything out of his own pocket.

However, she believed that some of the rooms he booked for the pair were offered free of charge by hotel managers.

Auckland Council chief executive Doug McKay yesterday announced an inquiry into Mr Brown’s spending in the wake of the sex scandal.

Ms Chuang said she met Mr Brown three times at the Langham, SkyCity Grand and Hilton hotels for sex after collecting the keys to the rooms from reception at the Town Hall.

So once again we have Len Brown using council resources…which we already wrote about, but it is worth repeating…staff at reception to hold key cards for Bevan Chuang to collect in order to conduct his illicit and sneaky affair. ? Read more »

EXCLUSIVE: Len Brown’s Town Hall to Downfall

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Len Brown – sent lewd texts to mistress and conducted affair from Mayoral office

by Stephen Cook

Len Brown?s hold on the Auckland mayoralty is in serious jeopardy following bombshell allegations of a two-year extra-marital affair with a council employee 25 years his junior.

Brown ? who last weekend was returned for a second term with a 50,000-vote majority ? is expected to face enormous pressure this week to resign over what rates as possibly the biggest sex scandal in New Zealand local body history.

Among the allegations ? which are backed up by text messages – are that ?barely two-minute Brown? had unprotected sex with the 32-year-old on more than a dozen occasions during office hours.

This, says the woman, included numerous times in Brown?s council office and once in the ?Ngati Whatua Room? at the Auckland Town Hall – an area of special significance to Maori ? where they were? caught in the act by a security guard.

At the time, the woman says, she was completely naked and Brown had his pants down around his ankles.

Brown did not return phone calls or messages this afternoon despite multiple attempts to contact him.

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