Brown on Sky City

April 24th, 2012 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Abby Gillies at NZ Herald reports:

Auckland mayor 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.

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9 Responses to “Brown on Sky City”

  1. labrator (1,850 comments) says:

    Have there been any polls of this “mounting criticism” or is it merely the press echo chamber?

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  2. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,920 comments) says:

    labrator 2:09

    Yes, there have been two. One from Roy Morgan and one from TV3.

    So the answers to your questions are ‘yes’ and ‘yes.’

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  3. Falafulu Fisi (2,179 comments) says:

    Brown said…

    the deal goes ahead controls should be put in place to minimise harm to gamblers

    What a stupid comment. Gamblers voluntarily harm themselves and not the Casino. Fatty food harm the buyers who voluntarily want to consume those products and not the seller that’s doing the harm. A business like Sky City (including others) is bursting to expand but the fucking law prohibits them from doing so, just because there are 3 or 4 stupid gamblers that can’t stop gambling when it is time to stop since they’re losing money. Imagine how many new employees (may be in the 100s) that Sky City could have hired over the last year or two, if the nanny state/govt get the hell out from regulating private businesses. The govt is trying to protect a few stupid problem gamblers who caused harm to themselves because they voluntarily chose to and as a result, their expansion is hindered? If the Govt want to create jobs, then get the hell out of the way.

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  4. The Scorned (719 comments) says:

    FF….well said. Yes….I too am sick and tired of having my life restricted and regulated all for the slowest and laziest in the rest of society who can’t/won’t sort their own lives out. Its time the able and energetic cried enough and told the state to fuck off and leave us alone.

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  5. mikenmild (11,742 comments) says:

    You do realise that if the government got out of regulating gambling then Sky City wouldn’t even think about building the convention centre either.

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  6. trout (944 comments) says:

    Saving people from themselves is a billion dollar industry in NZ. Right now $50 million dollars is available to ‘help’ problem gamblers. So much resource is available to the ‘help’ industry that there must be a temptation to ‘farm’ the clientele. There may an analogy with possum trapping (for fur) where trappers have no interest in eradicating possums but always make sure there is a breeding population remaining.

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  7. Paulus (2,664 comments) says:

    Len has been talking Public Private Partnerships in China, and they appear to be very supportive.

    So Len can negotiate the Auckland Convention Centre with them (in Manukau I expect) when the lefty’s halt the current anticipated arrangement (not funded by any taxpayers).

    Any PPP can be expensive to the taxpayer but Len will be well gone by then.

    Old proverb Len “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”. A compromise can be found by taking existing pokie licences from Manukau, where they do the most damage, and allocating to Sky City. QED

    A PPP for Len’s underground railway – China will happily fund.

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  8. Richard29 (377 comments) says:

    Another principled stand from Brown (alongside his not taking sides in the waterfront dispute). He apparently believes that he should govern from the centre in the interests of all Aucklanders rather than taking the left wing stance that his party affiliation and voter support might imply.

    Great in theory – in practice left wing voters and unions will see him as having betrayed left wing principles and will either stand a candidate against him or stay home and right wing voters will reward this pragmatic centrism by dropping him at the first sign of a viable right wing candidate.

    Brown is toast at the next election.

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  9. Monty (980 comments) says:

    Here is the simple thing. 1000 extra jobs for construction period, $350m investment and additional rates paid to Auckalnd City council, 800 additional jobs, economic benefits for tourism and hospitality operators. I love the idea, and struggle to see the downside.

    The wowsers on the left are obviously anti growth and anti jobs. But remember, if Clark, or Cullen were still running the country, (god forbid) they would have absolutely done the same deal and gloated about it.

    This is good for Auckland and good for New Zealand. Len, unlike the rest of the left, understands that objection to the convention centre and the porkies is only something that you can do from the privileged position of opposition.

    As for the additional porkies. If you don’t like them, don’t use them.

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