Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Auckland community leaders say back off SkyCity deal

21 May 2013

Auckland community leaders tell Government to back off SkyCity deal

Auckland community leaders today sent a clear message to the Government that they do not want the dirty deal involving pokie machines for a convention centre to proceed, Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said today.

Community leaders from throughout Auckland voiced their opposition to the Government’s deal with SkyCity casino this morning at a forum looking at the problems associated with casino gambling. The Government’s deal with SkyCity casino means SkyCity will be allowed to have 230 extra pokie machines, with an exclusive licence extended until 2048, in return for SkyCity building a convention centre.

“The Government needs to listen to the wider Auckland community’s concerns regarding their deal with SkyCity casino,” Mrs Turei said today.

“Community leaders throughout Auckland are very concerned at the negative social effects that will result from the Skycity deal.

“The dirty deal between the National Government and SkyCity will come at a great cost to the wider Auckland community.

“So far only the Government and SkyCity’s interests have been considered. The problems of family breakdowns, crime and the impact on migrant, Maori and Pasifika communities have not been considered by the Government.

“Today was about giving the community a chance to have their voices heard. The community leaders that came to today’s forum are the experts on the social impacts of problem gambling and particularly the impacts on Auckland families and businesses.”

“Community organisations pick up the pieces from problem gambling but they have had no opportunity to be involved in this deal,” Mrs Turei said.

“This Government is trying to stop future public health measures that will protect families and businesses from the effects of problem gambling. It is time they met with and talked to community leaders from throughout Auckland rather than just the chief executives of SkyCity casino.”


Note: Today’s forum was also attended by Green MP Denise Roche, Councillor Richard Northey, Reverend Mua Strickson-Pua, chaplain of the Tagata Pasifika Resource Centre, John Stansfield (former member of the Government’s Expert Advisory Committee on Gambling Harm), Campbell Roberts from the Salvation Army, Rev Lynne Frith of the Auckland Central Methodist parish, and Ants Hawke from Maori public health organisation Hapai te Hauoara Tapui.
ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Mana Māori: Kawenata Unites Kaupapa Māori Parties

The Māori Party and Mana Party have signed a historic agreement today to unite Māori politically.

Māori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan said the kawenata or agreement was a huge step forward for Māori in the lead up to the general elections.

"Today is an important day for the Māori nation because today is when the country's only two kaupapa Māori political parties unite to work tactically together in the best interests of our people," says Mr Morgan. More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:

Welfare: WINZ Breaching Privacy Laws With WINZ Vetting Rules

E tū, the union for security guards, says WINZ may be breaching privacy laws with its new screening process for people visiting WINZ offices. The vetting requires WINZ security guards to check photo ID and whether visitors to WINZ offices have an appointment.More>>

ALSO:

Turnbull Visit: Leaders’ Talks Cement Trade Relations, Science Agreement

Mr English met with Prime Minister Turnbull in Queenstown today to discuss common approaches to bilateral and international issues, including trade and science and innovation. Mr English also thanked Mr Turnbull for Australia’s offer of support for those fighting the fires on the Port Hills in Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

Youth Guarantee: Upskilling Fund Used For Retraining

News that one in five of the people enrolling in Youth Guarantee already hold qualifications at the level they’re enrolling in highlights the failure of the scheme to reach the disengaged young people it was set up to assist, says Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins. More>>

ALSO:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What Trump May Mean For Us

So far not much effort has been put into tracing the possible implications for New Zealand of the stream of executive orders and tweets that have been pouring from the Oval Office. Unfortunately, we may not simply be drive-by rubberneckers at this car wreck for much longer. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news