In November 2013, the Government passed a Bill which bought a convention centre for Auckland: SkyCity might be building it - but New Zealanders are paying for it. In a murky 'back-room' deal, the National Party has signed over concessions to SkyCity which include 470 new pokies and automated gambling table stations, 40 new gambling tables and a licence extension until 2048.
Research clearly shows that more than 10,000 people a year will suffer because of this deal. Problem gambling doesn't just affect the gambler, it affects their families and their communities.
The "deal" is morally corrupt, with your help we fought it every step of the way. We will continue to fight it right up until the 2014 election.
In Government, we will act quickly. We have not committed to uphold the contract or the compensation and we will introduce much tougher rules in casinos and pokie bars.
Gambling is not the future of our economy, and gambling laws should not be for sale.
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Today's revelations that SkyCity Casino is caught up in an alleged international crime syndicate comes as no surprise given the Government's inaction over money laundering in casinos, the Green Party said today. More
I am deeply saddened to be in a Parliament that will make a law that will cause its own citizens harm, and that will increase the prevalence of problem gambling in my city of Auckland, which will have an impact on individuals, on families, on our More
I have also thought that maybe to be more accurate, to more accurately reflect the impacts of this bill, we should call it the "Stealing Little Kids' Lunch Money to Build a Convention Centre Bill", because that is what happens to children who live in homes where one of their parents has a gambling problem. More
"... we should be ensuring that we have pieces of legislation inside this deal that reduce, and attempt to put some controls and some breaks on, the voracious desire to make a profit out of people's misery". More
This is where we get into the guts of the deal—the regulatory concessions. I think it is worthwhile to have a look at those regulatory concessions once again, because essentially this deal is a memorial to greed and to deprivation. More
Metiria speaks on the Skycity enabling legislation at the Committee stage. Transcript of first speech on Part 2, and links to all other Committee stage speeches. More
The costs of this deal are externalised, and it is the New Zealand taxpayers who will be bearing those costs while the provider of the convention centre, who keeps the convention centre and who keeps the profits of the convention centre, also profits from harm that is caused to ordinary New Zealand citizens. More
The bill will likely be done and dusted by the end of Tuesday 12 November so we only have a few days left to persuade at least one MP to change their vote. More
The Green Party has today laid a privileges complaint against ACT Party leader Hon John Banks, following his decision not to declare his conflict of interest in relation to SkyCity Casino before voting on the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) Bill last night. More
The officials' advice says there will be 18 jobs created as a result of this deal. If that is economic growth, then we must be very worried indeed, because those 18 jobs come and that economic growth—and it is not a lot—comes at the cost of 230 pokie machines, 12 automated gaming tables worth 20 seats at each, and 40 gambling tables as well. More
Metiria speaks on Skycity enabling legislation at its second reading. More
Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei today released a series of amendments to the New Zealand International Convention Centre Bill that seek to reduce the harm that will result from the expansion of gambling opportunities this legislation allows.
Has he checked his files yet regarding whether Hon John Banks declared a potential conflict of interest in relation to the New Zealand International Convention Centre Bill while still a Minister; if so, was any conflict declared? More
The Green Party is raising serious questions about contradictory evidence provided to a parliamentary select committee by National Party MP Sam Lotu-Iiga's electorate chairman in relation to the SkyCity Convention Centre deal. More
Has he received any advice that a future Government could dismantle the SkyCity convention centre deal without paying compensation; if so, what was that advice? More