Bevan Chuang, the former mistress of Auckland mayor Len
Brown, is keen to reapply for a position on the Auckland
Council's ethnic advisory panel but is fearful of a mayoral
The council yesterday called for applications for three
advisory panels covering ethnic peoples, Pacific peoples and
Miss Chuang hasn't made a final decision on reapplying for
the job in which she met Mr Brown but told the Weekend Herald
she was unsure of what the reaction would be.
"Len first said it in a radio interview and again in other
media interviews that I won't be reappointed, so what chance
is there for me even if I applied," she said.
"I am really scared that if I apply, I would probably get
shortlisted as a former panel member ... [but] what happens
if I get the job and what does that mean for me and Len?"
Since news broke of their affair, the pair had been "trying
to avoid each other" and she acknowledged it would be awkward
to again be working together.
In an interview with the Herald last October, Mr Brown also
replied "no" when asked if he planned to reappoint Miss
Former panel chair Camille Nakhid said she encouraged, and
would support Miss Chuang's application for the new panel.
"I do not think that what has happened between Bevan and the
mayor should exclude her from reapplying," Dr Nakhid said.
"In my view, the mayor has been able to continue in his role
because he's shown good governance and the same principle
should be extended to Bevan." Miss Chuang was the team leader
of the panel's youth subcommittee and was also responsible
for its work progress report.
"Bevan did her job, and she does it well ... she was always
proactive, involved and inclusive of all the ethnic
communities," said Dr Nakhid.
The panels were designed to provide the council with
strategic "big picture" advice on issues important to diverse
groups and help it engage with communities.
The council said it was seeking applicants with good
knowledge of their communities, and who "are across emerging
trends, challenges and opportunities" with experience in
governance and advisory roles.
Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed by a selection
panel comprising council and community representatives, but
the Herald understands the mayor has a say on who gets the
Yesterday, a spokesperson for the mayor said the appointment
process "is an open process" and "every applicant will be
"The mayor will act on the advice he is given by the
selection panel," the spokesperson said.
- by Lincoln Tan, NZ Herald