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Convention Centre: It’s deal or no deal Mr Key

John Key has to confirm whether the deal with Sky City over its convention centre is still on the table, Labour Leader Andrew Little says.

“John Key and Steven Joyce told Kiwis they were corporate wunderkinds and could negotiate an incredible deal of a ‘free’ convention centre. Instead, by Mr Key’s own admission, five years of negotiation have only delivered plans for an ‘eyesore’.

“Now the Government is being sucked into another round of negotiations by SkyCity which is haggling over an extra $140 million. How long will this round last?

“John Key and Steven Joyce have been played by the best in the business. They are no match for SkyCity.

“This deal was dodgy from the start. It’s a debacle and it has dragged on far too long. The tender started in 2010.

“If John Key hadn’t locked the Government into five years of haggling with this Australian casino giant, Auckland would already have a world-class convention centre.

“It’s time for John Key to say to SkyCity: ‘deal or no deal’,” Andrew Little says.