Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown calls for whole of Eke Panuku board's resignation

7:42 pm on 13 October 2022

Auckland's new mayor wants more people to resign from their jobs and is now calling for the whole board of development arm Eke Panuku to go.

Brown put the council-controlled organisations on notice throughout his campaign.

The chair of Auckland Transport resigned hours after he won the mayoral chains on Saturday.

On Monday, Brown publicly told Eke Panuku chair Paul Majurey to reconsider his position and today told the Herald that the rest of the board.

Eke Panuku is responsible for a number of developments around the city, including Auckland's Wynyard Quarter.

Checkpoint asked Majurey for an interview several times but he was unavailable.

In a statement, he said he was happy to have a kōrero with the new mayor to discuss the board's performance.

Majurey said the Eke Panuku team had done a great job for Tāmaki Makaurau and all council-controlled organisations served at the pleasure of the council.

But Brown said he was "shocked" about the value for money ratepayers were getting from the council-controlled organisations.

In a statement on Thursday afternoon, Brown reaffirmed that he stood by his comments.

"There is nothing new in what I said and obviously they can't all resign on the same day."

Former mayoral candidate Viv Beck said Brown has had a clear vision for his leadership since the campaign.

Wayne Brown

Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown says he is "shocked" about the value for money ratepayers are getting from the council-controlled organisations. Photo: RNZ / Lucy Xia

"I think what we're seeing is true to form. Wayne Brown's made it very clear what he's interested in focusing on and I think he's getting on with that job quickly."

She was not surprised the mayor was already calling for resignations.

"In the end, the mayor has to be able to work with councillors so I think time will tell and I think the appointments he's going to make will be insightful and important in terms of how the job will get done."

The new mayor has announced the make up of part of his advisory team.

Husband and wife pairing Tim Hurdle and Jacinda Lean will be the interim chief and deputy chief of staff, respectively.

Political commentator and lobbyist Matthew Hooton will be the interim head of policy and communications.

The trio worked closely with Brown during his election campaign.

Brown planned to set out priorities for key council-controlled organisations next week, building on "the feedback he received at over 300 campaign events, and the views of the incoming governing body and Independent Māori Statutory Board".

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