The Auckland Council has praised staff for immediately reporting an alleged bribery attempt.
The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) has charged a man with bribery and corruption of an Auckland Council official.
Johnson Yuejun Li, 48, appeared in the Auckland District Court today.
The SFO said the charge related to allegations of intent to influence a council resource consents officer in November 2013, when Mr Li was seeking consent for an application to subdivide a property.
The council's chief operating officer Dean Kimpton said there were suspected attempts to influence staff from time to time and he was proud that, in each case, staff had reported them to senior managers.