Auckland Council's chief executive has announced a review into Mayor Len Brown's spending to ensure no funds were misused during his affair with Bevan Chuang.
Chief executive Doug McKay said today that the mayor had no council credit card and all invoices and payments from the mayoral budget were checked and approved by the chief of staff.
"I have received an assurance from both the mayor and his chief of staff that no mayoral office funds were used in relation to the mayor's relationship with Ms Chuang," McKay said.
"However I have agreed to independently review this to confirm that is the case."
A council spokesman confirmed McKay would bring in an independent person to review the expenses. The reviewer was yet to be appointed.
Brown's affair with Chuang, 32, was revealed on Tuesday.
Chuang, who was 25 years Brown's junior unsuccessfully stood for the Albert-Eden Local Board in this month's council elections, and before that served on Auckland Council's Ethnic Peoples Advisory Panel.
Brown has confirmed the affair and apologised, saying he has let down his wife and family. He has refused to stand down from the mayoralty.
Chuang was now in hiding and said today she regreted making the affair public on the Whaleoil blog site.
On the site she had described how the pair had sex at expensive Auckland hotels and in council chambers. Chuang said Brown also bought her lingerie, but noted it was cheap and ill-fitting.
Meanwhile, there was speculation about Brown’s future after Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain was spotted with a briefing paper headlined "lines for Mayor on resignation".
But the minister’s office said the briefing paper dealt with the process that a resignation would trigger and was not based on any knowledge of Brown’s intentions.
It was the same briefing paper distributed to media by the Department of Internal Affairs, and was given to the minister in case journalists asked him about the process, a spokeswoman said.
"It wasn’t that we were expecting him to resign."
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