Hard questions thrown at Len Brown

JULIE KAIO
Last updated 15:38 31/01/2014
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ONE ON ONE: Pukekohe resident Ganges Singh quizzes Auckland Mayor Len Brown during his Mayor in the Chair session this afternoon in Pukekohe.

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Auckland Mayor Len Brown's family values in the wake of his affair were questioned today during a public question and answer session in Pukekohe.

At the Mayor in the Chair  event, Auckland businessman Rick Splinter questioned him on the controversy of the Sky City room upgrades - and the integrity of his ''family values''.

''My family values are between me and my family,''  Brown replied, who until then had escaped any tough questions on his personal life.

''But I voted for you because of your family values,'' a woman interrupted from the library floor before turning and leaving.

Before the debate could escalate, Pukekohe man Nick Corlett demanded the forum return to its intended format so people who's been waiting their turn could ask their questions and the heated discussion cooled.

Splinter said he was after answers.

He wanted  the mayor to explain why he had not returned emails in which he questioned ''his continous tenure as Auckland mayor''.

''He didn't answer my questions, he was inappropriate and this was very disappointing.''

But there was also support for Brown during the afternoon's discussions.

Karl Flavell, of Waiuku and a representative for local iwi, urged the mayor to take care of the Manukau Harbour, to ensure environmental balance in the wake of heavy localised growth.

Flavell came away feeling positive, after Brown promised a visit to the marae to see the iwi's concerns first hand.

''Yeah, I think the mayor is back on track, and he's moving forward. He's ready to lead the waka.''

Pukekohe resident Ganges Singh said he felt Brown was ''redeeming himself''.

''The Lord said, 'you must forgive', so we are going to give him another chance - I have confidence in him.''

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