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Auckland mayor Len Brown says the council will not put any ratepayer cash into building or running an international convention centre.

He told the Weekend Herald yesterday that there would be no money for the SkyCity convention centre in a new 10-year budget.

The council and Mr Brown were blindsided by suggestions from the Government and SkyCity before Christmas that ratepayers’ money be used to fund the shortfall in costs for the controversial project.

SkyCity said the original $402 million cost had been “revised” to $470 million and to $530 million.

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce floated the idea of ratepayers helping cover operating costs, but has since talked down the idea and suggested the council look at its regulatory fees for the consent and construction process.

Mr Brown said he had never been formally approached by the Government on the issue.

One, Auckland Council have been told that if they spend any more money they’ll have their credit rating downgraded.  Bottom line:  there is no money for the train set, so Brown would never have given any to Sky City.  (Of course, there is enough for the arts, but not the rescue helicopter).

Two, Steve Joyce has been a total idiot dealing with this.  Instead of telling SkyCity to take a running leap, he’s been keeping the issue alive for well over a month now.  Worse, he’s still making sounds that indicate he’s hoping to find SkyCity some taxpayer money to build their privately owned and operated for-profit assets.

Yesterday, Mr Brown urged Aucklanders to accept a controversial plan for a motorway toll or a regional fuel tax to invest in public transport instead of the “basic transport plan” in the budget that contains $3.8 billion of spending cuts to transport over 10 years.

Len’s still too busy trying to fleece all of us to pay for his train set, including trying to get central government to allow him to raise tolls on public roads the council doesn’t even own.

One way or another, between Len Brown and Steve Joyce, they’re coming for your money.  One wants a train set for less than 10% of the Auckland population, the other wants to give a private company your tax dollars to build their own privately run hotel.

And no politicians are screaming “NO!”


– Bernard Orsman, NZ Herald

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