Auckland councillors to censure Brown

Len Brown
Len Brown
Auckland councillors have agreed to censure Mayor Len Brown after a five-hour meeting today to decide how to punish him over fallout from his sex scandal and other embarrassing behaviour.

Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse said a censure motion against the mayor would go to a public meeting of the governing body on Thursday.

The council also wants to discuss the issue of costs - the Ernst & Young report into the mayor's behaviour has cost more than $100,000 - and work with the chief executive and Audit Office to strengthen oversight of the mayor's office.

Mr Brown attended the first 90 minutes of today's meeting where he offered a full and unconditional apology to councillors.

Ms Hulse said councillors expressed to Mr Brown their profound disappointment and disapproval of the mayor's actions with regard to his conduct and undeclared conflicts of interest and the damage to Auckland's reputation.

By Bernard Orsman of the New Zealand Herald 

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