Media Release 22 February 2014
Family First NZ is calling on Auckland Mayor Len Brown to resign and to seek a fresh mandate from the people of Auckland to lead them.
“Due to material information about the character of the mayor being made available just after the election, which could have significantly affected the outcome of the public vote, Mr Brown owes it to himself, to his family, and to Aucklanders to see whether he continues to have the moral mandate to lead,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“For many Aucklanders, his actions have brought the office of the Mayor in to disrepute. He no longer has the respect or the confidence of many people to be seen as a major community leader.”
The Auckland “super city” legislation states that if a vacancy occurs in the office of a member of a local authority more than 12 months before the next election, there must be another election. The definition of ‘a member of a local authority’ includes the Mayor.
“To resign and then stand for re-election would be the most appropriate action for Mr Brown to take if he wishes to remain as Mayor.”
“We need values and standards from our leadership. It is evident that many people believe he does not have the moral mandate to lead the city at the moment,” says Mr McCoskrie.
“Aucklanders should have another opportunity to have their say on whether they accept his leadership.”