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SkyCity Petition

John Key: don't use our taxpayer money on a SkyCity convention centre.

We say a deal's a deal.


Back in May 2013 when the SkyCity convention centre was announced, the Government promised a national convention centre suitable for between 3,500 and 5,000 attendees in return for allowing SkyCity to have more pokies and tables. Throughout the 2014 election, the Government told New Zealanders that we were getting a 'free' convention centre. The deal was done, the ink was apparently dry.

Now SkyCity are trying to rip us all off. They've filed plans for a convention centre for only 1,500 and 3,000. As a result, John Key and Steven Joyce aren't ruling out dipping into our pockets and forking out for SkyCity.


New Zealand Taxpayers' Union Inc.

You spoke and they listened!

Steven Joyce has announced that no taxpayer money is going to be used to support SkyCity’s convention centre. Instead, SkyCity are going back to the drawing board to come up with a cheaper design. Fantastic.

In just a few days more than fifteen hundred people signed our petition and the message got through to Mr Joyce and SkyCity. This is a win for the little guy.

While there could be devil in the detail - and don't worry we'll be making sure that SkyCity don’t now try to build something a fraction of the size that was promised - today at least taxpayers can breathe a sigh of relief.


Sign our petition to tell John Key not to use taxpayer money on SkyCity - we'll deliver the signatures to Parliament later in this month. 

Who's signing

Jo Pitts
Patrick Toru John O'Neill
Dave hodge
Kuan Yap
Aleks lazic
Harry Taylor
Harry Thomas
Shelagh Coop
Jo Devonshire
Jo Devonshire
Bernard Fouke
Charles Little
Jaspi hill
Jaspi hill
Ian Chesterman
Joanne Devonshire
Neil Goode
Cristian Rosescu
Frank Male
Bruce Dewar
Janet Hurst
Janet Hurst
Elle Pitts
Andrew Simich
Florin Chokardell
Milosi Papalii
Ian Rolfe-Vyson
Merve Bigden
Jack Reed
Jeremy Hutson
2,000 signatures

Will you sign?

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  • Jo Pitts
    signed 2015-02-13 16:27:24 +1300
  • Patrick Toru John O'Neill
    signed 2015-02-13 16:27:20 +1300
  • Dave hodge
    signed 2015-02-13 16:26:42 +1300
  • Kuan Yap
    signed 2015-02-13 16:23:32 +1300
  • Aleks lazic
    signed 2015-02-13 16:22:50 +1300
  • Harry Taylor
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-02-13 16:22:06 +1300
    I just signed the @TaxpayersUnion's petition to stop taxpayer money being given to SkyCity.
  • Harry Thomas
    signed 2015-02-13 16:21:37 +1300
  • Shelagh Coop
    signed 2015-02-13 16:14:47 +1300
  • Jo Devonshire
    @61nails tweeted link to this page. 2015-02-13 16:13:26 +1300
    I just signed the @TaxpayersUnion's petition to stop taxpayer money being given to SkyCity.
  • Jo Devonshire
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-02-13 16:13:26 +1300
    I just signed the @TaxpayersUnion's petition to stop taxpayer money being given to SkyCity.
  • Bernard Fouke
    signed 2015-02-13 16:13:07 +1300
  • Charles Little
    signed 2015-02-13 16:13:07 +1300
  • Jaspi hill
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-02-13 16:11:50 +1300
    I just signed the @TaxpayersUnion's petition to stop taxpayer money being given to SkyCity.
  • Jaspi hill
    signed 2015-02-13 16:10:03 +1300
  • Ian Chesterman
    signed 2015-02-13 16:08:39 +1300
  • Joanne Devonshire
    signed 2015-02-13 16:08:30 +1300
  • Neil Goode
    signed 2015-02-13 16:08:14 +1300
  • Cristian Rosescu
    signed 2015-02-13 16:07:46 +1300
  • Frank Male
    signed 2015-02-13 16:06:05 +1300
  • Bruce Dewar
    signed 2015-02-13 16:05:31 +1300
  • Janet Hurst
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-02-13 16:03:25 +1300
    I just signed the @TaxpayersUnion's petition to stop taxpayer money being given to SkyCity.
  • Janet Hurst
    signed 2015-02-13 16:02:42 +1300
  • Elle Pitts
    signed 2015-02-13 16:00:50 +1300
  • Andrew Simich
    signed 2015-02-13 16:00:40 +1300
  • Florin Chokardell
    signed 2015-02-13 15:56:25 +1300
  • Milosi Papalii
    signed 2015-02-13 15:55:52 +1300
  • Ian Rolfe-Vyson
    signed 2015-02-13 15:54:32 +1300
  • Merve Bigden
    signed 2015-02-13 15:50:44 +1300
  • Jack Reed
    signed 2015-02-13 15:43:30 +1300
  • Jeremy Hutson
    signed 2015-02-13 15:39:21 +1300

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