Auckland Mayor Len Brown appeared to retain the support of most of his councillors, publicly at least, even after a report on his activities during an affair with Bevan Chuang showed he did not declare free hotel rooms and upgrades valued at more than $38,000.
Bill Cashmore, Franklin – "I have respect for him as a leader. I think most of us ... we just want to get on with the job." It had not done any good for his perception of the mayor, "but no-one's perfect". It had no effect on his ability to work with Brown. Councillors could not tell the mayor what to do. "That's his call".
Dick Quax, Howick – "This very much mirrors what went on in Manukau City Council some years ago when the mayor was found to be using his council-provided credit card for personal purposes.
"It staggers me that somebody would have to spend $40,000 on hotel accommodation in the city that they live in.
"My confidence in the mayor is not high. [He] needs to carefully consider his future relationship with the people of Auckland ... and whether they still have trust in him."
Alf Filipaina, Manukau – "He's got my support moving Auckland forward ... There's nobody else, is there."
Calum Penrose, Manurewa-Papakura – "What he does in his private life is his own business. Leading council and taking Auckland forward, I still have the confidence in him to do that."
Linda Cooper, Waitakere – "He's the mayor, we can't do anything to remove him. We have to work with who we've got and what's really important is to keep doing our work as councillors. We'll get on and do that, no matter what's going on with the mayor. Auckland shouldn't suffer because of what he's done."
Chris Darby, North Shore – "I'm not pleased with the mayor's liaisons, totally unimpressed. But the report does find the answer to the two key questions ... it does clear the mayor in that regard, but there is some evidence of a breach of council policy. There's questions I'll be putting to the mayor on Monday."
Christine Fletcher, Albert-Eden-Roskill – "All councillors are going to take time over the weekend to read and absorb the information.
"I have also asked the CEO to provide a list of options within the statute that are available to councillors because I suspect there will be some differences in the views that councillors may wish to take.
"We're in precedent-setting territory. I want to make sure we're acting properly."
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