Abby Gillies at NZ Herald reports:
Auckland mayor Len Brown is conditionally supporting a controversial government decision to negotiate a convention centre deal with SkyCity.
The Government has faced mounting criticism over discussions with the casino that would see the company fund a $350 million convention centre in Auckland in return for an extension to its casino licence.
Mr Brown, speaking to Radio New Zealand this morning after returning from a trade mission to China, said there was a huge need for a convention centre in Auckland, but if the deal goes ahead controls should be put in place to minimise harm to gamblers.
“I’m not anti gambling at all. I think there is a place and time for it and people are entitled to make their choices and they do that.”
Very sensible. Len is showing the responsibility of being in office. Those who do not have to live with the consequences can oppose everything and anything.