‘Party Central’ was a typical John Key move like ‘north of $50’, ‘balancing our economic opportunities with our environmental responsibilities’, ‘national cycleway’, ‘ending whaling’, ‘jobs summit’ – catchy phrase, big promise, no follow through.
Key and Rugby World Cup Minister Murray McCully have been at their do nothing best ever since Key dazzled the media with his party central ‘vision’. As the days tick down, they still haven’t made any decisions, and the plans for Queens Wharf have become less and less grand. Now, they’re looking at just chucking up a big tent.
The fact of the matter is that Queens Wharf was always a dumb venue for ‘Party Central’. It’s exposed to the wind, it’s going to be cold, and it’s not set up for the requirements to host thousands of revellers.
Just down the road is the 12,000 seat Vector Arena. That would have been a far more sensible venue. But no, we got dumped with Key’s hollow day-dream.
The Rugby World Cup, which the last government worked so hard to win and organise, is going to be a great event. But it won’t be thanks to this bunch of incompetents.