Embattled Len Brown faced hecklers today during his first
public appearance of the year.
The scandal-hit Auckland mayor brushed off comments from a
handful of banner-wielding protesters when he opened the new
$17.5 million Panmure interchange station.
Brown refused to be drawn into talk about his recent
troubles. Instead, he focused on transport-related issues.
The mayor has been keeping a low profile since councillors
censured him last month for his behaviour during a two-year
affair with junior council adviser Bevan Chuang.
He declined to answer questions about a private prosecution
taken against him this week by retired Wellington accountant
Graham McCready, who alleges Brown broke the law by not
declaring free hotel room upgrades for himself and his wife.
The mayor answered "no comment" to any queries about his
private life, other than saying he had enjoyed a relaxing
Christmas break with his wife and children.
Protester Dick Cuthbert, from Herne Bay, brandished a placard
that asked if Brown is a sex addict.
"I wanted to meet him at his first public showing for a while
to remind him a lot of people are unhappy with his actions,"
Cuthbert said. "Brown is a moral dwarf and incapable of
proper leadership. He should go."
- Russell Blackstock