Dyson gives Len a two fingered salute

The Port Hills MP (from Christchurch) Ruth Dyson doesn’t think Auckland needs a convention centre. I don’t either but that is an other matter entirely that I have canvassed before. 

Today, she’s issued a rhetoric laden statement declaring Labour’s strong opposition to the convention centre.

“John Key’s government has become reliant on the glitz of commercial projects to boost the perception that it is performing.”

If Labour had a Leader, he or she would be reminding Dyson that Len Brown’s all in favour and they’re raining on his parade.  Brown was even at the announcement:

Auckland’s mayor is defending his support of SkyCity’s convention centre, despite backing a sinking lid policy when it come to pokie machines.

Both David Carter and Len Brown welcome the opportunity to boost the Auckland economy.

“Convention delegates are high spenders. On average, they spend more than $650 per night in Auckland, around double the amount spent by visitors on average,” said Brown.

So Labour in Parliament, is going to screw over Labour in Auckland, to score a few cheap political points. That will help them win back Auckland voters no end.


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  • David

    Get on with Joyce and do the deal. If someone is dumb enough to gamble their pay packet away it is their choice, another example where the whole country goes nowhere because of the 1%.

  • SalaciousTCrumb

    You heard it here folks; LABOUR HATES AUCKLAND!!!

    Dont you have shit to worry about in your own electorate Dyson?
    And is there a photo of her with her mouth closed anywhere?

  • Hakim of phut

    Sky City  wants to rip off the taxpayer ! What does that have  to do with gambling, they have a zillion slot machines and 100s of tables.  
     The increase in these facilities is only a smokescreen to reduce the governments cut

    • SalaciousTCrumb

       Yeah that 70.4 million they paid in tax in the 1st half of their FY is nothing.

    • Gazzaw

      What a load of horse shit HoP!

      Zillions of slot machines? I think that you are getting a tad carried away. How is the taxpayer being ripped off? Explain.

      • Hakim of phut

        Skycity claim they pay a lower ‘turnover’ tax in their aussie casinos, this is separate from company tax on profits.
        This is how crony capitalism works, special deals for special friends of Joyce

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Len should build a Council owned Casino and fill it up with pokies.
    That way, the losers would pay for his train set. Hang about, the losers have no money – guess the Ratepayers foot the bill.
    Btw, Dyson knows something about variable arithmetic yes?

    • How about an Auckland lotto?

      • Steve (North Shore)

        Yes! Auckland Lotto would be good, all prizes and profits to Auckland.
        What’s that? sorry, I thought I heard a noise from Wellington about TAX

  • dad4justice

    By the sounds of things the port hills dykson needs a local addiction treatment centre built in her area so she can sort her many problems out.

    Is this insane mad bitch on the public pay roll? Surely not!

    • Steve (North Shore)

      D4j you should know she is List

      • dad4justice

        Oh right, so she is on the waiting list for treatment?

  • Gazzaw

    For fucks sake Auckland & NZ needs a large convention centre. So many large international conferences discount NZ completely because we do not have a large conference facility. This is high yield business and the pre and post conference touring will benefit centres outside Auckland.
    Not only are the large high profile 5 star hotel chains not building hotels in Auckland long established ones are pulling out largely because of the lack of an international conference venue.  Hyatt, Westin, Sheraton, Marriott all gone and replaced by second tier chains who do not have the international marketing muscle.

    If Sky City’s price to build this facility is the  addition of 350-500 slots to the existing casino then sobeit. Fuck the naysayers – this a decision for Auckland ratepayers.  

    • Hakim of phut

      That was the opening offer, but now they want a  ‘turnover tax ‘ reductions , as well as a few other goodies.

  • Grandstream

    In an odd connection between posts from WO !

    This photo is the salute that DB referred to during TUI advert – see below:

    Tui marketing manager Jarrod Bear said the Tui Brewery girls were a long-established part of the beer’s marketing campaign which fully complied with advertising regulations.
    “We salute Ms Morris for voicing her opinions and the public discussion it has created. The feedback Tui has received has been overwhelmingly supportive. Tui Brewery Limited is an equal opportunities employer and we have no grounds for dismissal of the Tui Brewery girls, especially when they’re doing such a great job .”

    And in greater irony, the dyson salute (above) no doubt relates well to the dyson salute she wants to give Ms Morris (below)

  • Apolonia

    Dysons a better man than Len  any day

  • ConwayCaptain

    Lotto for AKl to build Len’s choo choo trains is not such a bad idea.

    That is how the Sydney Opera House was built and paid for.

    • parorchestia

      It was a state lottery, not a national one.