Wayne Brown sat down with NZ Herald reporter Bernard Ousman to discuss his mayoral campaign and policies leading up to the Auckland mayoral election.Video/Carson Black
New Oakland mayor Wayne Brown has said of the specific amount of time he devotes to the job of leading Supercity, “It’s nobody’s job.”
On his first day at work on Sunday, Brown skipped media interviews to spend time with his family, but did find time for family photos and a few words with the Herald.
On Tuesday night, the Herald asked about the specific hours Mr. Brown would be expected to work, and the mayor said it was “no one’s job.”
Brown said he started work that day at 7:30 am and got home at 6:00 pm.
He said he didn’t necessarily work weekends and wasn’t paid much.
When the Herald told him most people would consider his $296,000 salary high, the businessman said, “It doesn’t matter to me.”
As mayor in charge of budgets during the campaign, Mr. Brown passes resolutions to cut the salary pool of staff earning $300,000 or more by 30%, cut middle management by 20%, and cut managers by 10%. said it was planned. .
“Bob Harvey [former Waitakere City mayor] It was often said, “Even when you’re lying in bed, you’re the mayor 24/7.”
“It’s the work you do to meet the demands of the job. That’s it. I do what I need to do. I work much faster and more efficiently than the person before me.” [Phil Goff]but that doesn’t mean he didn’t perform well, either,” Brown said.
Asked if he plans to work over the weekend, Brown replied, “Not necessarily,” but he will go to some events and functions.
Earlier, Brown’s media spokesman said the mayor would work to fix the city and the city council.”He won’t be tied to a desk.”
The job of mayor of Auckland is often called the second-largest political job in the country, after the prime minister.
It is the Mayor’s job to advance Auckland’s vision, provide leadership, guide the City Council’s planning, policy and budget development, and ensure effective engagement between Auckland City Council and its 1.7 million Aucklanders. .
The mayor typically attends key council committees, civic functions and events, and meets regularly with business leaders and other stakeholders.
Outgoing Mayor Phil Goff had a reputation for being a workaholic. He started his job at 7am most days and often didn’t come home until 10pm after a night engagement.
Most weekends, Goff attended Saturday and Sunday events. He was working an average of 60 to 65 hours a week, the former staffer said.
Goff had two diaries. One for official meetings and his other to manage his 20+ business and other events, most weeks he was invited.
He took two weeks off over Christmas and New Years and tried to take a break during the year.
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12558190&ref=rss Oakland Mayor Wayne Brown is cautious about working hours and doesn’t think $296,000 is a big salary