Bernard Orsman

Bernard Orsman is Super City reporter for the NZ Herald.

Brown quizzed on affair at 'Mayor in the Chair'

Auckland Mayor Len Brown. Photo / Sarah Ivey
Auckland Mayor Len Brown. Photo / Sarah Ivey

Auckland Mayor Len Brown got agitated when he was tackled on family values at his first Mayor in the Chair outing in Pukekohe since being embroiled in a sex scandal last October.

"My family values are between me and the family," Mr Brown told Pakuranga businessman Rick Splinter, who drove across the city to confront the mayor on his recent behaviour.

Mr Brown was happy to address Mr Splinter's call to resign and his position on the SkyCity convention centre and living wage policy, but not matters closer to home.

Most of the 20-plus people who attended the regular chat at the Pukekohe Library had local issues on their mind, including Aileen Davies, who wanted the council to address shoe heels getting stuck on tar footpaths.

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Mr Brown was happier discussing tar, roadworks and housing than Mr Splinter's five-minute slot in front of the cameras, which included a local woman butting in to say she did not want him to stay in the job.

A local Indian resident, Ganges Singh, told Mr Brown what he did with his personal life was a matter for him. He was interested about roadworks and the potential for bribery and corruption from the council model for transport.

Tomorrow, Mr Brown continues a move back to public duties by attending the Chinese and Korean New Year Festival at Northcote Town Centre and attends the Wellington Phoenix match against Adelaide United at Eden Park.

- NZ Herald

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