'Pokies for convention centre' report delayed
An Auditor General's report into the Government's handling of a proposal for Sky City to build an international convention centre in exchange for more pokie machines has been delayed until next year.
The Office of the Auditor General had previously announced it hoped to release the report before Christmas but now says it will not be published this year.
It said draft copies of the report had been sent to relevant interested parties in December 12. It had previously hoped to get their response and be in a position to finalise the report quickly.
But it appears the consultation process - expected to include Sky City, other bidders and the Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development - is taking longer than expected.
"Although we and the other parties involved are working to complete the report as soon as possible, we can now advise that it will not be published this year. No further comment will be provided at this stage; media and interested parties will be notified of publication 24 hours in advance.’’