Chuang’s reference at “the very early stages of knowing each other”

Len Brown has now said that he wrote a reference for Chuang at “the very early stages of knowing each other”. He obviously wasn’t aware of Chuang’s work record.

Brown explained that “I have provided many references in supports of lots and lots of friends and people that I know” and “it was, for me, a fairly typical reference done at a time when, quite frankly, we hadn’t known each other all that long”.

Why has Brown handed out “lots and lots” references for people he doesn’t know very well? A Mayoral reference would often be seen to have quite a bit of weight on a CV – and it’s known that with the Art Gallery job a verbal reference was also given.

If Brown gives references to people he hardly knows has he made it clear how limited his knowledge is?

It seems that a Brown Mayoral reference is not something that can be taken very seriously when evaluating suitability for employment.

Reference from NZ Herald:

Was it an abuse of power to provide a reference for Bevan Chuang?

It was the very early stages of us knowing each other. I have provided many references in supports of lots and lots of friends and people that I know. The letter of support I wrote was a reasonable letter. I tend to be quite positive in my writing for the many people I write references for. It wasn’t a reference that was requested or provided for that was out of the norm. It was, for me, a fairly typical reference done at a time when, quite frankly, we hadn’t known each other all that long.

Brown says similar in a Fairfax/Stuff at just after the 13 minutes in this interview.

Len Brown’s reference for Bevan Chuang is one of the subjects of the council inquiry into their affair.

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