Is this a resignation offence?

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.

6 Responses to Is this a resignation offence?

  1. robertguyton says:

    “Thankfully #gigatownoamaru is a long way from this tawdry affair.”
    But still I’ll broadcast the details of it, ’cause it’s so tawdry, don’t you agree?


  2. Gravedodger says:

    If what we are led to believe went on between Brown and Chuang was a “romantic affair” then in my limited understanding of Mills and Boon, they have been a bit off target.
    Then again my personal knowledge in these matters is apparently seriously deficient.

    I only committed half my attention to the story tonight and that left me with a continuing perception the man is deluded in thinking he can carry out his duty to the rate payers of Auckland but then again I do not think that was ever included on his to do list.
    There was only one entry on that list, namely look out for numero uno.

    To quote Oliver Cromwell:
    It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factous crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your god for a few pieces of money.

    Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? You have no more religion than my horse; gold is your god; Which of you have not barter’d your concience for bribes? Is there a man amongst you that has the least care for good of the Commonwealth?

    Ye sordid prostitutes have you not defil’d this sacred place, and turned the Lord’s temple into a den of thieves, by your immoral principles and wicked practices? Ye are grown intollerably odious to the whole nation; you were deputed here by the people to get grievances redress’d, are yourselves gone! So! Take away that shining bauble there, and lock up the doors.

    In the name of god, go!


  3. inventory2 says:

    Is that sufficient offence to require his resignation?

    I have a two-word answer for that question Ele; Nick Smith.


  4. Andrei says:

    Living in Cromwell’s England cannot have been much different than living in Afghanistan under the Taliban GD – funny you look to him for inspiration.

    That being said, when a Nation’s leaders and people turn their face from God, as we have done, trials and tribulations will surely follow


  5. Psycho Milt says:

    Nick Smith? So, your thinking is that Len Brown could be stood down for a few months until the heat’s off, then he could come back and promptly get into trouble for abusing his position yet again? That doesn’t sound very good at all.


  6. scrubone says:

    Not only has he gone to the public under false pretenses, he’s denying that he did that, and at the same time is claiming his family is important while his actions say otherwise.

    It’s hard to see how his marriage can survive, never mind his time in public office.


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