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Len Brown defends credit card spend

Published: 8:57AM Monday June 07, 2010 Source: NZPA

The Mayor of Manukau and frontrunner for mayor of the new Auckland super city Len Brown says he has reimbursed personal expenditure, including a hotel booking and a mini hi-fi system, on his council credit card.

Brown told the New Zealand Herald he had reimbursed the council for the personal expenditure totalling $579.27.

For the year to May, he ran up $10,864.98 in expenses on his mayoral credit card.

"I try and set the best examples on all fronts. I'm not going to be bulletproof and I don't set out to be perfect. I just set out to be my best and be accountable for it," Brown told the newspaper.

Two Manukau City councillors yesterday raised questions about Brown's spending.

Dick Quax and Jami-Lee Ross called for a full review of mayoral credit card use.

"It is important for the mayor of a large metropolitan city to show judgement when spending ratepayer funds," said Quax.

"Mr Brown may have since paid some money back, but purchasing personal items in the first place is highly questionable and undoubtedly against council policy."

In a recent poll Brown had an almost 12 percentage point lead over his main rival for the super city mayoralty, John Banks.