The problem he has is that once people have their attention focused on someone’s shortcomings they start taking a closer look at other aspects of their life and work. The focus has switched to his profligacy. Massive rate rises and ballooning debt are bankrupting the city and it's you and I who are paying.
One Waiheke resident, Will Ryan, has had enough. He is so upset by the mayor’s lack of accountability that he’s helping organise today’s ‘Stand Down, Len Brown’ protest in the city. This is why they’re protesting.
Since Mr Brown's first budget in 2011, debt has risen from $3.9 billion and is projected to reach $6.7 billion this financial year. The council borrows $2.5 million and $1 million thrown at interest repayments daily.
To truly add insult to injury Mr Brown’s recent sexual exploits may have been at the expense of Aucklanders and the Ernst and Young report and investigation into this lecherous man will cost approximately $100,000. Len shows no inclination to pay for this despite his $251,010 salary care of many ratepayers on fixed incomes a small fraction of his own.