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Mayor frustrated by report delay

SCOTT MORGAN
Last updated 13:43 13/12/2013

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Auckland mayor Len Brown says he's as frustrated as anyone that a report investigating issues surrounding his affair with Bevan Chuang has been delayed.

The report is looking at several issues including whether Mr Brown used council resources inappropriately during the relationship.

It's also looking into whether he provided Ms Chuang with preferential treatment when she sought employment opportunities at Auckland Council.

''I'm frustrated about it hanging around too. I suspect we'll get through it as quickly as we can. I mean, it's due process. It needs to be done,'' he said today.

Some city councillors have expressed disappointment on Facebook that the report, being conducted by EY (formerly Ernst and Young) and commissioned by council chief executive Doug McKay, is almost a month overdue.

''We have a job to do and this is hanging over all our heads for too long. I don't think it's unreasonable to ask these questions,'' Maungakiekie councillor Denise Krum wrote.

But Mr Brown has called on his council colleagues and the public to be patient.

He says he will ''welcome'' the report's findings once it's finally released.

''It's just what it is - it's a waste of time anyone being frustrated. You've just got to be patient and work its way through.''

He didn't want to comment on claims he's been stalling the report's release after receiving a draft copy.

The mayor says he's confident Mr McKay is dealing with the report's assembly and release in a professional manner.

Meanwhile, Mr Brown says he's looking forward to a good break over Christmas and New Year with his family after what he describes a ''tough'' year.

''Christmas day is a family day. We'll be probably at our place and then off to the rellies.''

He suspects his wife Shan and their daughters also have an overseas trip planned but doesn't know the destination.

''I suspect they will cart me overseas somewhere - I have no idea where. I'm not part of that plan.

''They will just tell me where I'm going and then I'll be going. I can't be trapped into saying where I'm going because I don't know.''

The mayor expects to be back at work in late January

Auckland Council Chief Executive Doug McKay will deliver the report's findings and take questions at a media briefing this afternoon.

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