The woman alleged to have had an affair with Auckland
mayor Len Brown is Bevan Chuang.
She stood in the recent elections in the Albert-Eden Local
Board - Maungawhau Subdivision elections and is currently the
chair of the Asian Women and family Trust and member of the
Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel.
She came fifth in the competition for four seats in the
Maungawhau Subdivision of the Albert-Eden Local Board.
Ms Chuang spoke to the Herald last year about seeking a sperm
donor to help her make a 'dragon baby'. She said at the time
she was desperate to have a "dragon baby" - and determined
not to let the fact that she didn't have a partner hinder her
The Hong Kong-born woman was seeking a donor to give her a
child through artificial insemination.
Ms Chuang posted a photograph on Instagram in July this year
of her with Mr Brown. saying "I've known @MayorLrnBrown for
years and attended numerous events together, this is our
first photo, just the two of us together. #crazy"
Mr Brown was at his home, sick with the flu, when the story
about his affair broke today.
His election media spokesman, David Lewis, is at the Brown
residence providing advice.
Mr Brown confirmed the extra-marital relationship this
afternoon after a story by freelance journalist Stephen Cook
on the Whaleoil blogsite reported that the newly elected
mayor had a two-year affair with a woman 25 years his junior,
including sex during office hours and on council premises.
In a statement released this afternoon, Mr Brown replied to
the "highly personalised allegations" made on the blog site
He said he had a relationship with a woman that lasted about
"I told my wife previously, and she and I are working through
the issues privately. We are looking to protect our children
as best we can.
"These are matters of an entirely personal nature and I ask
that the media respect my family's privacy."
Mr Brown said the woman was not a council employee but served
on a council advisory board and stood in this year's election
for a local board.
While he did not name her, the Herald understands she is
The mayor has been married to his wife Shan Inglis for more
than 20 years and the couple have three children.
Ms Chuang has sworn an affidavit and says she has text
messages to back up her claims, according to the report on
She said a security guard once found her naked with Mr Brown
in the Ngati Whatua room in the Town Hall and she thought
their relationship would become public.
The pair also had sex in Mr Brown's council office, according
to the 32-year-old woman.
She also claimed to have been sent an anonymous text message
warning her against going public with her story.
Council chief executive Doug McKay went to the mayoral office
at the Auckland Town Hall about 3pm to meet senior staff in
Mr Brown's office and deputy mayor Penny Hulse.
Talks took place in Mr Brown's personal office.
After the talks he told the NZ Herald he had spoken
with the mayor's staff about the situation.
"My job is to go back and run the organisation.
"He needs some space to deal with it. He has got some family
and personal issues to work through and I think we should
give him a bit of time to do that," said Mr McKay,
He said he had not spoken to Mr Brown about the matter.
Mr McKay said the mayor was not at the mayoral office. His
mayoral car was not parked at its spot outside the town hall.
Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse arrived at the Town Hall at 2.45pm.
She and her personal advisor Claire Richardson left by a back
door at 4.20pm.
Ms Hulse told the Herald that Mayor Brown has things to deal
with: "I have a city to run".
She said she had not spoken to Mr Brown.
Local Government Minister Chris Tremain would not be drawn on
whether an extramarital affair was acceptable behaviour by a
"I don't want to make any comment about mayors and their
Asked whether an affair with a council staffer would reflect
poorly on someone's fitness to be mayor, Mr Tremain said: "He
was elected by the people of Auckland, it's up to the people
of Auckland to make that decision."