Hey Steve Joyce, how long does it take to tell SkyCity to F off?

via Newstalk ZB

via Newstalk ZB

SkyCity wants our money.   That’s extremely unpopular, so what is there to “discuss”?   The fact Steve Joyce is prepared to talk it over can’t be good for the tax payer.

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says there was an early signal that SkyCity’s controversial convention centre in Auckland would potentially go over-budget.

SkyCity signed a deal with the government to build the centre, costing just over $400 million, in exchange for a law change allowing it to expand its gambling business.

It said the building costs could now be as high as $530 million.

Mr Joyce said discussions were taking place over who should fund the potential shortfall.

“Early on, there was an indication of a bit of a gap growing between the budget as agreed – $400 million – and the aspirations of the designers and architects. We were hoping that would close up but it appears to be widening out a little bit,” he said.

“But again, I would stress that a lot of that is predicted construction costs and inflation, which may or may not come to pass.”

The preliminary designs of the convention centre and the total construction cost will be decided at the end of February.

Bit of a gap.  Pretty legal.  It seems that if you put Stephen Joyce on the job you get the job done, sorta thereabouts.

John Key and Wayne Eagleson should have sent Joyce out with Winston’s big “NO” sign.  Unfortunately, early indications are that you and I are going to be paying for part of SkCity’s private business development to allow the government to save face.



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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.