Think of it was a rare event: Everyone except National and Sky City agree – no deal!

Andrew Little has joined the chorus of people telling Stephen Joyce and Sky City to get knotted.

SkyCity must find the cash to meet the shortfall for its international convention centre, Labour leader Andrew Little says.

“A deal is a deal,” he said today. “SkyCity offered to build the convention centre, if they can’t come up with what they now say is a shortfall in costs, that’s their problem.”

Mr Little says there’s no way taxpayers should meet the extra cost.

SkyCity agreed to pay for the $402 million centre in exchange for gambling concessions. The Government kept its part of the deal, and put legislation through parliament.

Now SkyCity is saying construction costs have blown out by between $70m and $130m, and it wants the Government to pay at least part of that.

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says that’s the least preferred option. He wants the plans re-examined to see where money can be saved, and he’s suggested Auckland Council might come to the party.

That surprised the council, which says it can’t afford to get involved.

Mr Little says Prime Minister John Key should rule out any public money going to SkyCity.

He certainly should.  Farrar should have told him which way the wind is blowing right now.  And basically, the only people in favour are Sky City, and the only person not against it is Steve Joyce.

The fact that Sky City are seeing the National Party as an easy mark is deeply embarrassing, and the longer that National leaves this hanging without a firm “NO”, the more damage it will do.

It is an intereting move by Sky City though.  The answer from Auckland Council is “we would have paid if we could afford it”, which is kind of sickening, and the answer from the Government is “we prefer to look at options, but we’re not ruling it out”.

And these are the people in charge of your taxes and supposedly thinking about how it spend it wisely so we, as a country, benefit.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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