Expectations are rising for a settlement by Auckland
Mayor Len Brown towards the $100,000-plus cost of a review into
his extramarital affair to be made public.
Three of the five councillors negotiating a settlement -
Chris Fletcher, George Wood and Dick Quax - believe it is the
wish of the group to make the settlement public.
Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse and Penny Webster, the other two on
the negotiating group, are staying quiet.
Mr Brown told the Herald last week that when councillors set
up a group last month to enter into binding negotiations, the
resolution was the settlement would be confidential.
The mayor, who showed no willingness to pay anything towards
the review until the day he was censured by councillors last
month, said payment towards a council review would be unique
in political history.
But as a consequence of his weakened position, Mr Brown said
it was up to the council to set the rules and he would accept
"As part of my contrition I am abiding by this process," he
Chief executive Stephen Town is expected to present a full
summary of the costs when the group meets on Thursday.
- By Bernard Orsman of the New Zealand Herald