|Auckland mayor Brown took freebies from HK-born mistress Chuang
The mayor of Auckland, Len Brown, has come under scrutiny for accepting free hotel rooms and upgrades from his Hong Kong-born mistress Bevan Chuang, media reports in New Zealamd said today. He is also found to have made use of council phone facilities to make 1,400 personal calls to the mistress.
The New Zealand Herald reports he failed to declare more than NZ$39,000 in free hotel room and upgrades.
The paper cites a report by Ernst & Young that found Brown used his council phone to make 1,375 calls and texts to Chuang between November 19, 2010 and October 21, 2013.
Chuang said all of the calls and texts were personal.
Brown also received nine free hotel rooms which he did not declare, valued at NZ$6,130.
He failed to declare 54 hotel upgrades valued at NZ$32,888.50.
Brown made one reimbursement of NZ$263 for personal phone use on October 2012, the paper reported.
The review found Brown has not shown any improper favorable treatment to Chuang, including the reference he provided for her job at Auckland Art Gallery.
In an statement, Brown said he did not misuse council resources and that Chuang did not receive preferential treatment. He welcomed the findings.
He admited and apologised for not disclosing the acceptance of free rooms.