About Len Brown
Len Brown was elected Mayor of Auckland in 2010 and re-elected in 2013.
He is committed to:
- improving Auckland’s transport network
- quality compact urban design and more affordable housing
- keeping rates low while improving Auckland’s economic performance
- building an inclusive culture in a city of 1.5 million people and 180 ethnicities.
His vision is for Auckland to be the world’s most liveable city.
During his childhood in South Auckland, Len was raised with a strong sense of community service. A University of Auckland law graduate, Len combined his legal qualifications and commitment to his local community by co-founding organisations such as the now iconic Otara Fleamarket, the Otara Health community service, the Howick Free Legal Service, and the Greater East Tamaki Business Association.
His political career began in 1992 as the Manukau City Councillor for Otara, later becoming Mayor of Manukau.
Under his leadership, Auckland has:
- developed a 30-year blueprint for the growth and development of the region
- launched an Economic Development Strategy
- improved its standing on all three major international quality of life surveys, placing in the top 10 of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Report, Monocle magazine’s Most Liveable Cities Index and the Mercer Quality of Living Survey.
Len is passionate about Auckland and committed to working across political boundaries to achieve the best for the region and its people.
Len and his wife Shan Inglis have three daughters and a grandson.
Role of The Mayor
Auckland is Australasia’s largest territorial authority, formed by the amalgamation of seven local councils and a regional council in 2010. Auckland Council is a unique model in New Zealand.
Auckland has an executive Mayor, elected by residents from across the region. The Mayor leads Auckland Council's Governing Body.
The Mayor’s responsibilities include:
- promoting a vision for Auckland
- providing leadership to achieve the vision
- leading the development of council plans, policies and budgets
- ensuring effective engagement between Auckland Council and Aucklanders.
The Mayor is also responsible for appointing the Deputy Mayor, establishing the committees of the Governing Body and appointing the committee chairs.
The Auckland Council legislation empowers the Mayor to staff an office for the purpose of meeting these extended responsibilities. This office includes planning, policy and consultation roles, and deals with day-to-day communication, correspondence, management the Mayor’s diary, and media relations.