Auckland Mayor Len Brown is taking advice as he ponders
the first draft of an Ernst & Young report into a review of
any use of council resources during his two-year affair with
Mr Brown received a copy of the draft on Friday night and
after a weekend in Rotorua, began consulting close advisers
on Sunday and throughout yesterday.
The mayor's office refused to say what the draft report said.
Only a handful of people have read it.
Under the terms of reference for the review, the report will
be provided to the mayor's office and any other affected
party "to enable them to provide feedback to ensure the
review is factually accurate".
Once Mr Brown provides gives his view, the final report could
be released by the end of the week.
The review followed questions from the Herald arising from
the mayor's affair, including whether he breached the
council's code of conduct.
Three days after Mr Brown won a second term, the right-wing
Whale Oil blog revealed intimate details of his affair with
Ms Chuang, a member of the council's Ethnic Peoples Advisory
Mr Brown vowed to stay on as mayor as revelations swung from
his use of hotel rooms to claims that the election team of
his right-wing mayoral rival John Palino had been plotting to
expose the affair.
Mr Palino's campaign manager, Luigi Wewege, left the country
after emails were published by the Herald showing he had been
in an intimate relationship with Ms Chuang and wanted her to
reveal the Brown affair.
The Ernst & Young report, commissioned by council chief
executive Doug McKay and meant to be reported back as
"quickly as possible", is three weeks past its deadline.
The council code of conduct says members have a duty to act
honestly, with integrity and uphold the law on all occasions.
It says a conflict of interest may arise from a "personal
Any use of council resources within the office of the mayor,
in respect of the mayor's relationship with Bevan Chuang,
that contravenes council policies.
Any improper preferential treatment in relation to Ms
Chuang's engagement as an employee, contractor or an adviser
within the Auckland Council group.
Any other issues that the reviewers or chief executive
consider relate to, or arise out of, the above matters.
- Bernard Orsman of the New Zealand Herald