Len Brown sworn in as Auckland mayor
Len Brown was tonight officially sworn in as Auckland's mayor for a second term, as cries from protesters interrupted his opening speech.
Yells of "shame" and "you sold our people out" rang out as Brown spoke to the inaugural meeting of the new council in the Auckland Town Hall.
He made no reference to his affair with 32-year-old Bevan Chuang, which has dogged him since his re-election as mayor just over two weeks ago.
He thanked his wife, Shan Inglis, for standing by him for the past three years – his first term as mayor. He told Inglis, who was at the meeting with their daughter Sam, that he loved her.
Six new councillors made their maiden speeches later in the evening. None made mention of the affair.
Earlier in the day, Brown - who had ducked a number of public engagements since news of the affair broke, chatted happily with Blues coach Sir John Kirwan, television personality Carol Hirschfeld and council officers at a function to mark Auckland being named in the Lonely Planet guide’s top-10 cities in the world to visit.
Brown said he had spent the long weekend at the beach with his wife and daughters.
"My wife and our kids visited Tawharanui over the weekend," he said. He announced today that Penny Hulse would be deputy mayor again.
"She did a great job in the first term and will do a great job in the second term."
He said he wanted to send a message to community that the council was "back in business.''
"I am really looking forward to the opportunity for us once more to move into Auckland mode."
Brown said he had not been given a timeline for the review into his conduct.
"That will be due out in its own time," he said.
"The chief executive officer will deal with that."
He is being investigated by Ernst & Young into whether he misused council funds during his affair with Chuang.
The investigation is expected to take four weeks.
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