Matthew Theunissen

Matthew Theunissen is a reporter for the Herald on Sunday.

Len Brown has support of deputy mayor

Auckland Mayor Len Brown (R) and Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse. File photo / Sarah Ivey
Auckland Mayor Len Brown (R) and Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse. File photo / Sarah Ivey

Auckland Mayor Len Brown's deputy says he has her support in the wake of revelations about his long-running extra-marital affair.

Penny Hulse also said there was no pressure on Mr Brown to resign.

"There's been absolutely no discussion of resignation of leadership and neither should there be.''

Mr Brown is holding one-on-one meetings with Supercity councillors today to discuss their aspirations for the next three years.

Ms Hulse said the affair was a topic of conversation but it was "business as usual'' for Auckland's local government.

"Most councillors I've spoken to are of the same view as I am, which is we've got a very short time between now and the inaugural meeting, we've got a lot of work to do to so let's focus on that.

"There was no elephant in the room; Len's addressed it, what else is there to say? The reality is, he made a mistake, he fessed up, now we've got a job to do.''

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Public opinion appears to be against Mr Brown in the wake of news of his affair with 32-year-old Bevan Chaung, revealed yesterday by the Whale Oil blog.

In an unscientific poll on the New Zealand Herald website, 56 per cent of more than 41,000 respondents by 4pm thought he should stand down, 40 per cent thought he should stay in the job and 4 per cent weren't sure.

Mr Brown's wife Shan Inglis this morning appeared to be trying to get on with her everyday routine following the revelations of her husband's affair.

She bundled two daughters into her car to take them to school this morning from the family's home in Totara Park, Manukau.

Mr Brown arrived at the Auckland Town Hall at 9.20am, his mayoral car diverting from its usual parking spot on Queen St to the underground Civic carpark.

He made a swift exit to a backdoor entrance to the Town Hall, telling media ``it's good to see you'' but declining to answer other questions.

Mr Brown gave an interview to Campbell Live last night in which he said said he intended to stay on as Mayor and urged residents to stand by him.

The 57-year-old asked for space to deal with the fallout with his family.

``I have caused my wife and children harm, shame, humiliation,'' he said.

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