Auckland’s mayor-elect, Wayne Brown, has issued a statement following meetings to examine the council’s finances, The Spinoff reports. He said he was “shocked” at what he saw in relation to Eke Panuku Development Auckland, the council’s semi-autonomous property arm, and encouraged a resignation. Brown said a view of the books had confirmed his view that Aucklanders are “sailing into an economic and fiscal storm”. While essential services would be protected, “serious savings” were needed, he said.