We blogged in August about Len Brown's shameless attempt to claim the credit for Eden Park's last trial run before RWC2011; check this out:
Full marks to Auckland mayor Len Brown for trying to steal the limelight, but this comment cannot go unchallenged. The Herald reports on how Eden Park fared with last night's big crowd, and notes (with our emphasis added):
Auckland Mayor Len Brown caught the train from Britomart and spent the game seated next to All Black legend Graham Mourie.
"There were lots of people saying 'Good job, Mr Mayor'," he said, "and you had this sense of optimism in the crowd. At the ground, there is an outstanding presence of police and security who are highly visible.
"I've had major oversight of this Eden Park project to make sure everything is done right and I am very confident."
Oh really Len? The decision to upgrade Eden Park was finally taken in February 2007. At that point, Len Brown had yet to even be elected mayor of Manukau City, Helen Clark was still the Prime Minister, Dick Hubbard was the mayor of Auckland and the decision to create an Auckland supercity had not been reached.
This morning's Herald tells a rather different story (ourr emphasis added):
Before yesterday, Auckland Transport officials made repeated calls for people to use public transport, but this backfired as the system failed under the load, while motorway traffic around the city and Eden Park was reported to be running smoothly.
"The roads have been as quiet as Christmas Day but the trains have been unbelievably bad," said one rugby fan, who gave up waiting for a train at Newmarket and drove in.
One rugby ticketholder said he was able to travel to the ground and find parking easily.
Even Auckland Mayor Len Brown, a champion of public transport, decided on Thursday to drive to the park from the waterfront because he could not be sure of making it on time for the opening ceremony.
Late last night his spokesman said the mayor would hold a press conference today on the problems and more would be known "once he got answers from various agencies".
That should be a very interesting press conference. But please Len; don't tell the assembled media that "the world is in da house!"!!