Mayor says 'quiet majority' on his side

SIMON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 11/03/2014
Len Brown
Simon Smith
MOVING FORWARD: Len Brown says the support he is getting around the city is little different to what it used to be.

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Mayor Len Brown says a quiet majority of Aucklanders want him to get on with the job of leading the city.

Pressure has been mounting on Mr Brown from some quarters to give up the mayoral office after his extra-marital affair with Bevan Chuang.

But Mr Brown says he is moving forward.

"The thing that has given me the confidence and the fortitude to maintain my role and continue on my work has been the people that I meet on the street and around the city - the quiet majority," he says.

About 300 protesters marched up Queen St last month seeking his resignation.

However Mr Brown says the general response and level of support is little different than it used to be.

"Not what you read in the paper, not what you get on talkback, but the stuff that people just wander up and talk to me about," Mr Brown says.

The city is "totally kicking" and Aucklanders are proud of its progress, he says. They also want him to work the situation out with his wife Shan Inglis and that's happening, he says.

Len Brown Stand Down Coalition spokesman Dick Cuthbert says further protests are planned.

"Len Brown has not resigned yet so our organisation will increase the pressure on the mayor even further," he says.

Mr Brown says that he spent 45 years building confidence and trust among the people of Manukau, and their support since the affair has been "humbling". "For those from other parts of the city, they don't have that same core of understanding to look back on and then make a balanced view."

Voters at the first supercity election took him on recommendation because they did not like other candidates, he says.

They then re-elected him on his leadership.

"Here in the south, people have understood me and know me.

"And in the end they know that I'll try and do the best out of a difficult situation," he says.

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