Mayor Len Brown will today hold his first public
engagements since details of the affair were made public on
the Whaleoil blog site last Tuesday.
An Auckland Council inquiry into mayor Len Brown's
extra-marital spending is being widened to look at a reference
the mayor provided for his ex-mistress to help her get a job at
Auckland Art Gallery.
A council spokesman said the review - announced by chief
executive Doug McKay last Thursday - would probe whether Mr
Brown breached the council's code of conduct and conflicts of
interest guidelines set down by the Auditor-General.
The review would also look at whether Mr Brown provided other
references for his former mistress, Bevan Chuang, the
Decisions on terms of reference for the independent review
and who will conduct it are expected to be finalised today or
Mr Brown will today hold his first public engagements since
details of the affair were made public on the Whaleoil blog
site last Tuesday.
After being holed up at the Auckland Town Hall and his
Manukau lifestyle block with his wife Shan Inglis and family,
Mr Brown will attend a Fonterra Milk for Schools programme at
Three Kings Primary School and open a compact showhome in
John Palino - Mr Brown's rival at the mayoral election -
issued a statement on Saturday confirming he met Ms Chuang
for a late-night discussion in a Mission Bay carpark the
night after the election and two days before the affair was
He said he met with Ms Chuang - at her request - in relation
to threatening text messages the pair had both received from
the same number, but did not say what they discussed.
Mr Palino continued to say the first he was aware of the
affair was last Tuesday when it was made public.
"Bevan has never disclosed to me the full nature of her
relationship with the mayor and only ever indicated she
received persistent and unwanted propositions from the
mayor," the statement said.
Ms Chuang told the Herald the meeting was to discuss whether
Mr Brown might resign over the affair.
Mr Palino, who is having a break in Melbourne with his
fiancee Rose Li, could not be reached for comment yesterday.
Mr McKay said the mayor had no council credit card and all
invoices and payments from the mayoral budget were checked
and approved by the mayor's chief of staff.
"I have received an assurance from both the mayor and his
chief of staff that no mayoral office funds were used in
relation to the mayor's relationship with Ms Chuang," he said
"However, I have agreed to independently review this to
confirm that is the case."
Last Thursday, Mr Brown confirmed he provided a reference for
Ms Chuang to help her get a job at the art gallery in July
2011 - two months after Ms Chuang said the affair began.
If Mr Brown was found to have breached the code of conduct,
he could be censured by the council.