Critics take SkyCity deal complaints to parliament

The parliamentary Commerce Committee heard from a string of speakers attacking the government’s NZ$402 million ($316 million) deal with SkyCity Entertainment Group

Ltd. under which the company is to build a convention center in Auckland next to its flagship casino in exchange for rights to expand capacity and other concessions. The Green Party, Auckland city councillors and problem gambling groups and others argued that projections for the impact on problem gambling had been obscured while claims for job creation had been inflated.
SkyCity meanwhile said it had reached a deal to buy two plots next to its casino from Television New Zealand for NZ$10.6 million for the convention center project.