Ian Sinclair’s interview with Bevan Chuang on Sunday canvassed whether or not Auckland Mayor Len Brown wrote a reference for her for a council job after their liaison began:
IAN: And what about your application for the job, um, at the art gallery? Were you in a sexual relationship with him when you applied for that job and he wrote the reference?
BEVAN: He’s one of five referees that I have put on to the list.
IAN: At the time, though, Bevan, at the time when he wrote the reference, was he in a relationship with you? A romantic one, I mean?
IAN: He was? Yeah, and at the time when it went forward to the shortlist, was he still there?
IAN: But you did use your relationship with him — and it was a romantic relationship — to help gain, get backing for a job, did you not?
BEVAN: Um, he was a referee for the art gallery job, and probably you can say that. I mean, I have got— I’ve got the job, and, of course, the referees are important. Um, and, yeah, that could be the advantage, but I obviously have lost more now than I gained.
A mayor who acts as a referee for someone applying for a council position is at risk of compromising himself at the best of times.
Doing it for a lover is stupid, does it also contravene the council code of conduct?
Brown previously said he wrote the reference in the very early stages of us knowing each other.
If she is telling the truth the word knowing can be understood to be in the Biblical sense.
Is that sufficient offence to require his resignation?
Thankfully #gigatownoamaru is a long way from this tawdry affair.