Sky City Pokie Deal Delayed for Five Days

SkyCityandtheCityofAucklandhavedecidedtodelaythefinalizationoftheirconventioncentredealuntilJuly5th。

NegotiationsweresupposedtobeoverbytheendofJune,butthetwopartiesdecidedtotakesomemoretimeironingoutthedetails。

ThedealwillprovideSkyCitywithhundredsofnewgamesinreturnforthecasinooperatorbuildingthecity’snewconventioncentre。

Thecostoflandandconstructis$402million,andthecasinowillreceive250newpokiesand40newtablegames。

Ittookmonthsforthetwopartiestoagreeontheseterms,andtheyjustneedafewmoredaystoensurethattheycannowmoveforwardwiththeplan。

Wehavemadegoodprogressonanagreementthatrunstoafewhundredpages,”saysStevenJoyce,theEconomicDevelopmentMinister。

“Itmakessensetotakeafewmoredaystoensurealldetailsaresorted”。

Afterthetwopartieshavefinalizedthedeal,itwillbeinthehandsoflocallawmakers。

Theplanmustberatifiedbylegislationandreviewedbyaselectcommitteeontheissue。

SkyCityhopesthatconstructioncanstartin2014,andwillbefinishedby2017。

Thereisstillquitealongwaytogobeforethedealissetinstone,however,whichmaybeabeneficialforcritics。

Thedealhasattracteditsfairshareofnegativepress,andmanyAucklandersareopposedtointroducingnewpokiesintothecommunity。

Sincetherearestillplentyoflegislativestepsinvolved,thereisthechanceforresponsiblegamblingadvocatestohavetheirsay。

TheAuditorGeneralevencriticisedthedeal,statingthatthebiddingprocesswasnotentirelyfair。

Assuch,severalpoliticianscameforwardtodemandthatthedealbedisbanded,butlittlecamefromthiscampaign。


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