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NRT: There is too much money in our politics

Written By: - Date published: 3:27 pm, May 6th, 2015 - 60 comments

Monopoly Skyscrapers

Our political system is awash with money. There is clearly an arms race going on where National is trying to spend everyone else into the ground. National includes significant funding from Auckland property developers and real estate agents, and probably explains their effective disinterest in fixing Auckland housing.

SkyCity Insider trading?

Written By: - Date published: 2:36 pm, February 18th, 2015 - 24 comments

Sky city

SkyCity’s share price went up just before the recent Government announcement of the deal with SkyCity.  Winston Peters wonders if some insider trading was involved.

Key the deal maker

Written By: - Date published: 11:56 am, February 18th, 2015 - 9 comments

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SkySore broken by design

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, February 18th, 2015 - 14 comments

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So the Nats spent $250,000 working out that an Auckland convention center needed 3500 seats to break even, and are now about to be delivered a center wtih 3000 seats.

The house always wins

Written By: - Date published: 11:01 am, February 16th, 2015 - 23 comments

Sky City

The flaws in the process whereby SkyCity promised a free convention centre in consideration of legislative changes are now clear to see.  Through an act of brinkmanship SkyCity has embarassed the Government and caused it political damage.  And it has achieved a return for investors, the legislative changes will be the same despite there now being a smaller cheaper convention centre.

The SkySore

Written By: - Date published: 9:02 am, February 16th, 2015 - 14 comments

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Dave Armstrong at The Dom Post has written a very funny piece on the SkyCity fiasco, and in the process coined the immortal phrase “The SkySore”.

An eyesore for Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 3:28 pm, February 15th, 2015 - 77 comments

auckland-thumb

Steven Joyce has announced (because Key likes to stay clear of bad news) that SkyCity will not be seeking public funding for its convention center. So looks like it will be Key’s “eyesore”.

NRT: “Close to corruption”

Written By: - Date published: 2:32 pm, February 13th, 2015 - 29 comments

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I/S at No Right Turn adds some detail to Matthew Hooton’s extraordinary piece at the NBR.

Say NO to the $140m SkyCity bailout

Written By: - Date published: 12:32 pm, February 11th, 2015 - 85 comments

SkyCity bailout petition cropped

The Labour Party is organising a petition against the $140 million bailout SkyCity is demanding – and John Key is insisting we have to pay to prevent getting an “eyesore” of a convention centr

SkyCity vox pop

Written By: - Date published: 9:00 am, February 11th, 2015 - 21 comments

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SkyCity a nightmare for the Nats

Written By: - Date published: 11:15 am, January 12th, 2015 - 76 comments

Sky city

Far from fading away into the Christmas haze, SkyCity looks likely to be one of the defining political issues for 2015.

SkyCity’s expected subvention explained for John Roughan

Written By: - Date published: 9:28 am, December 27th, 2014 - 42 comments

elephant in the room

At last, some of our conservative short-term thinkers have woken up to the elephant in the room with the SkyCity convention centre subvention. Years late and their previous support has cost taxpayers dearly already. Perhaps they could learn to read reports? And think before committing us to be suckers?

Imperator Fish: Let’s hear them out

Written By: - Date published: 10:43 am, December 24th, 2014 - 12 comments

imperator fish

Sky City wants the taxpayer to help cover the increased cost to build its new Auckland convention centre. They agreed to build the convention centre in return for the government giving the casino a licence extension and allowing it to operate more gaming machines…. So…

Right and Righter

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, October 17th, 2014 - 34 comments

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Hosking, Henry, National and SkyCity – it’s all so cozy…

Polity: National cuts charity funding because charity criticises National

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, March 21st, 2014 - 77 comments

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You’d have to ask if skycity asked the government to get rid of this turbulent critic? After all their brief is to reduce problem gambling.

A glorious waste of money for the titillation of perverts

Written By: - Date published: 9:28 am, February 8th, 2014 - 67 comments

Auckland Five_Page_1

The fiasco of the wet dick and the perverts shuddered to a conclusion yesterday with the direct bill of around $250,000. Len Brown was strong-armed into paying $40,000 for the audit which turned up nothing much except that his wife brought a lot of hotel nights. Questions remain about who was responsible for the waste caused by the lack of scoping of the external audit. Looks like dirty politics at the ratepayers expense.

SkyCity: they’re toxic

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, December 16th, 2013 - 170 comments

SKYCITY-Hotel_logo

The detail of the Ernest and Young report on Len Brown clears him of all significiant wrongdoing on the local government purse. The hotel room upgrade values are just complete bullshit for someone who had a regular family timeouts at one hotel – which did most of the almost all of the upgrades. The type of customer that all hotels want. The political question is about receiving anything “free” from Skycity.

SkyCity deal gets sleazier

Written By: - Date published: 11:40 am, October 23rd, 2013 - 14 comments

key pokies

It raised a few eyebrows when the Catholic Church appeared to back the SkyCity deal. Seamus Donegan appeared before the select committee for the Catholic Justice and Peace Commission, saying they couldn’t find a link between pokies and problem gambling. Turns out that Donegan’s submission was the opposite of the Commission’s real position, and he’s National MP Sam Lotu-Iiga’s electorate chair.

Stopping casinos hurting our communities

Written By: - Date published: 7:53 am, October 18th, 2013 - 97 comments

pokie addict

Imagine if cigarette makers gave out free packs to target groups to get them hooked and if you were trying to quit smoking and you had a ‘loyalty’ card with your cigarette maker then, when they noticed you had stopped making purchases, they sent you a free pack. That’s what casinos do. Freebies are used to hook people into gambling and keep them hooked. The Greens will stop them.

Granny Herald tries to de-legitimise political opposition, again

Written By: - Date published: 7:42 am, October 15th, 2013 - 36 comments

granny herald in her blue frock

Yesterday, the Greens illustrated the size of the gambling concessions in the SkyCity deal with a to-scale cardboard display in Aotea Square. The visually striking move got extensive coverage on Breakfast yesterday and a rather, odd, story in the Herald, which chose to focus on the cost of the protest. What was that, presumably, outrageous cost? $3,000.

TVNZ / Skycity deal is an asset dump

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, September 5th, 2013 - 23 comments

TVNZ hobson land dissection

If Key and Joyce aren’t simply corrupt, then they are some of the most stupid business people I’ve ever seen. But most likely they’re just politicians trying to cover their arses for making a stupid mistake. It looks to me like they have gutted TVNZ to give a bare land deal to SkyCity, ignoring the value of the building on top or the profitable business that they will destroy in the process.

Selling our soul for 18 jobs

Written By: - Date published: 10:28 am, August 31st, 2013 - 27 comments

key pokies

The Greens have got hold of an official report that National has had for 2 years showing that the SkyCity deal will add just 18 jobs to the economy as a whole. Joyce in his ‘defence’ says the report looks at the wider economic impact on Auckland city, rather than the number of workers needed at the convention centre. Uh, huh. Everyone thought they were promising 800 extra jobs for the country, when the real number is 18.

Submit to prevent SkyCity corruption

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, August 14th, 2013 - 5 comments

auckland-thumb

The SkyCity deal still needs some urgent attention from members of the public interested in getting a submission to the select committee. They close on Thursday 22 August next week. The politically corrupting influence of the gaming industry means that members of the public will have to push the politicians to stop them giving SkyCity these extraordinarily lucrative and destructive concessions for a economic pittance.

Even Treasury slammed SkyCity stitch up

Written By: - Date published: 7:43 am, July 18th, 2013 - 58 comments

key pokies

Yesterday, National released hundreds of pages of documents on the SkyCity deal. They paint the picture of a government that locked itself politically into getting a deal and locked in SkyCity as the only option then was surprised when SkyCIty screwed them for everything it could get. Even the far from bleeding hearts at Treasury said it wasn’t worth the cost.

Who represents who

Written By: - Date published: 9:38 pm, July 5th, 2013 - 57 comments

key finger 3

The Herald is reporting that the SkyCity deal to increase human misery pokie machines in exchange for a white elephant convention center was done at 8pm this evening.

Deep hypocrisy vs government for sale

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, June 14th, 2013 - 214 comments

government-for-sale

While it was stupid of Labour MPs to muddy the waters, the real scandal goes unremarked.

Stopping Key’s dirty deal with SkyCity

Written By: - Date published: 9:56 am, May 15th, 2013 - 39 comments

pokie addict

National’s trying to do something unprecendented – they want to give a private company a 35 year indemnity against costs arising from law changes. No-one else gets this. You don’t get money from the government when they make a law that costs you. Nor does any other business. Just SkyCity as part of their dirty deal with Key. Sign the petition to stop it here.

Key’s no-shows – protecting Brand Key

Written By: - Date published: 10:45 am, May 13th, 2013 - 15 comments

john key long face

Who was missing from the Mighty River and SkyCity launches? Being seen at the front of positive government stories is a big part of the PM’s job, unless concerns over protecting Brand Key override that. The fact Key has been a no-show at these two announcements of central planks of National’s agenda tells you a lot about what the Nats’ polling says about them.

Bad taste of Sky City lingers

Written By: - Date published: 9:09 am, February 26th, 2013 - 8 comments

bad-taste

The reaction to the Auditor General’s report on Key’s Sky City deal is lingering in the headlines much longer than Key would like. “Corrupted process”. “Stench”. “No way to run a country”. Key badly misjudged this one.

Key lied to Parliament?

Written By: - Date published: 12:23 pm, February 21st, 2013 - 71 comments

Dunnokeyo

Breaking news, but it certainly looks like John Key has (1) made up nonsense about Sky City, and (2) lied to Parliament.

Update: Key is publicly backing down. Looks like an apology and explanation to Parliament will be needed.

Re-run: SkyCity’s convention centre would need $10m+ subsidies – MED

Written By: - Date published: 11:22 am, February 21st, 2013 - 15 comments

pokie addict

A year ago, I wrote that SkyCity was pursuing the dirty practice of ‘subvention’ – where owners of white elephant infrastructure extort governments for subsidies – for the convention centre. The msm has caught up and is reporting on it now. MED denies there will be any subvention; but Joyce says it’s all on the table. And what about the $10m+ in operating subsidies the centre would need?

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