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Len Brown
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1st Mayor of Auckland
In office
1 November 2010 – 8 October 2016
Deputy Penny Hulse
Preceded by Office created
(as Mayor of Manukau City)

John Banks
(as Mayor of Auckland City)

Bob Harvey
(as Mayor of Waitakere City)

Andrew Williams
(as Mayor of North Shore City)

Calum Penrose
(as Mayor of Papakura District)

Penny Webster
(as Mayor of Rodney District)

Mark Ball
(as Mayor of Franklin District)
Succeeded by Phil Goff
Majority 65,945
Mayor of Manukau City
In office
October 2007 – 31 October 2010
Deputy William Sio
Preceded by Barry Curtis
Succeeded by Office Abolished
Majority 14,777
Personal details
Leonard Charles Brown

(1956-10-01) 1 October 1956 (age 66)
Taumarunui, New Zealand
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Shirley Inglis
Children 3
Alma mater University of Auckland
Profession Lawyer

Leonard Charles Brown (born 1 October 1956) is a former mayor of Auckland, New Zealand, and former head of the Auckland Council. He won the 2010 Auckland mayoral election on 9 October 2010 and was sworn in as Mayor of Auckland on 1 November 2010, being the first to hold that title for the amalgamated Auckland "Super City", and was re-elected in 2013. Brown had previously been elected mayor of Manukau City in October 2007, the second time he ran for that office. Brown is married to Shirley Anne "Shan" Inglis, and has three daughters: Samantha, Olivia and Victoria. As Mayor of Auckland, Brown was a vocal advocate for the City Rail Link and helped pass the city's first Unitary Plan.

Early years

Brown was born in Taumarunui, a small town in the King Country of the central North Island of New Zealand. His family moved to Otara, South Auckland when he was seven years old. He attended Mayfield Primary School, Papatoetoe Intermediate School and De La Salle College.

He remembers his youth in prosperous small-town New Zealand fondly, remarking on them as "generous, generous days". His life growing up has been described as revolving around family, church, school and community. His parents, Tom and Ngaire, were described as strong believers in social equity and social justice as well as active in the community life. While not having grown up fully in Auckland, his family often travelled to see relatives there, his parents having originally moved to Taumarunui from South Auckland.

A lawyer by profession, Brown was a partner at law firm Wynyard Wood, and co-founded the Howick Free Legal Service. In 1990, Brown was awarded the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.

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