Bid to foil convention centre plans fails

  • 23/07/2015
Bid to foil convention centre plans fails

An attempt to sink the SkyCity convention centre project by repealing the legislation that allows it to be built has failed.

A NZ First member's Bill was defeated 61-60 in Parliament on Wednesday night after a rowdy first reading debate.

Labour, NZ First and Green Party MPs raked over all the reasons they oppose the convention centre while Government members revisited all their reasons for supporting it.

The Bill was drafted by NZ First MP Tracey Martin and says the laws that were passed to allow the centre to be built should be repealed because it's clear the public don't want to financially prop up a listed company.

Construction on the $450 million centre and adjoining hotel could start before the end of the year.

SkyCity is paying for it in exchange for gambling concessions for its casino, which have been passed by Parliament.

National, ACT and United Future opposed the Bill.

Labour, NZ First, the Greens and the Maori Party supported it.