Retired accountant drops case against mayor's wife

Last updated 11:47 20/01/2014
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AUCKLAND MAYOR: Len Brown.

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Retired accountant Graham McCready has backed down on an earlier announcement he would file papers against Auckland mayor Len Brown's wife Shan Inglis.

Papers alleging Brown broke the law by not declaring hotel upgrades given to him by SkyCity were filed at the Auckland District Court on Wednesday by an associate of McCready's.

Last week McCready planned to file further papers at the Auckland District Court, this time against Inglis, but said today he would not be doing that.

He was continuing with action against Brown, however,  and was expected to appeal to the Attorney General to allow the case to proceed.

KEEPING THE MAYORALTY

Brown said today he would not step down before his three-year term is up.

The Auckland mayor pleaded with the community to "move on" from the furore sparked by his two-year affair with council advisory board member Bevan Chuang.

It had been discussing his personal life for three months, he said in his first substantive interview since he was censured by his councillors over the affair.

He told Radio New Zealand it was "critical" he gave Aucklanders an assurance he would be staying in the job.

He had delivered in the past 3-1/2 years and would continue to do so for the remainder of his term as mayor, Brown said.

The biggest challenge for him since news of the affair broke in October had been maintaining "equilibrium" in his relationship with his wife, Shan Inglis.

"I have had a dual focus ... to try and get things back on track at home. I have also been out there listening to the community."

Brown would not be drawn into commenting on free hotel upgrades he received from SkyCity.

Brown's phone, car and hotel habits were revealed in December following the release of a council review into his affair with Chuang.

The review found Brown did not abuse his role or use ratepayer money inappropriately.

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