Auckland mayor Len Brown has been given a copy of the draft report of an independent review of whether he made any improper use of council resources during his affair with Bevan Chuang.
A council representative confirmed today that, as stated in the review's terms of reference, the report had been given to Brown for him to provide feedback.
Once that feedback had been received, the review could be released publicly.
Council chief executive Doug McKay announced the Ernst & Young review in October.
It was to examine:
- Any use of council resources within the Office of the Mayor, in respect of the mayor's relationship with Chuang that contravened council policies (for example, payments and procurement)
- Any improper preferential treatment in relation to Chuang's engagement as an employee, contractor or advisor within the Auckland Council Group; and
- Any other issues the reviewers or chief executive considered related to or arose out of those matters.
When the investigation was announced it was expected to take a maximum of four weeks.
It's almost eight weeks since Len Brown's affair with Bevan Chuang became public knowledge. The EY inquiry was set up almost immediately by Auckland Council CEO Doug McKay.
Now it seems as though the report is back, and his gone to Len Brown for his response. That suggests to us that EY has made a finding that is adverse to Mr Brown. Surely, if he had be cleared of any allegations of improper conduct, he would have been demanding that the EY report be released quick-smart.
We will be watching this story with much interest over the next few days.