Statement from Mayor Len Brown - 16 December 2013
16 December 2013
Statement from Mayor Len
“This morning I met with Auckland
Councillors to discuss the chief executive’s report into
the mayoral office.
“We had a full, frank and robust
discussion and I have offered a full and unconditional
apology to Councillors.
“I understand the frustration
and disappointment that Councillors feel. I realise that I
have a good deal of work to regain their trust and rebuild
our working relationships in the interests of Auckland. This
is my focus, starting
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