Earlier this year, local residents announced their displeasure at the fact that Sky City and Prime Minister John Key were keeping very quiet about their plans to construct a new convention centre in Auckland. Now, it seems like it’s no wonder why, as it seems that Key wanted to cover up the fact that he has misled the public about an important aspect about the new venue.
John Key gained support for the convention centre by assuring residents that their tax dollars would not be used in the construction process. That is only partially true, however, as taxpayer dollars are being used in the design process – $2.1 million worth, to be precise.
Behind closed doors, the government has created a slush fund using taxpayer dollars. The slush fund was built using money gathered from cuts to job creation and economic development programs, as well as support for disaster-ridden Christchurch.
The new convention centre has already met with a great deal of controversy, as citizens are not pleased that Sky City will receive 500 new poker machines in return for the construction of the venue. Now, with this new development, we’re sure even more resistance will be expressed.