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