Sky City Donations

TV3’s Pedro Gower  last night revealed that Sky City donated $15,000 to Len Brown’s election campaign. Sky City also donated $15,000 to John Banks’ campaign as well. That seems fair until you look at it in the context of previous behaviour by Len Brown’s Acting Chief of Staff (and usual Principal Policy Advisor) James Bews Hair.

This blog was first to reveal Bews-Hair’s chequebook lobbying tactics in the use of seemingly above board donations.

So when Len says he really has no idea what is going on at Sky City he really is stretching it just a little. Len knows that thanks to some wheeling and dealing behind the scenes he has got New Zealand’s best convention centre, a theatre that he thought he’d have to fund from rate payers, use of the Sky City corporate box at Eden Park and various other “wins”. The question will be when do we find out what Len needs to do in return. I am guessing he just needs to be quiet, stay on the fence and not attack the Government or Sky City for the increase in the number of pokies in Auckland City. All stuff that a good Labour Mayor would attack.

I can also reveal that Bews-Hair has had a hand in Sky City’s appointment of all subsequent Government Relations Managers – thus the techniques and tactics are handed from lobbyist to lobbyist.

Interestingly, the Government Relations role has just been vacated and Sky City (no doubt with Bews-Hair’s assistance) will be looking for a new appointee. Whoever could it be?


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