14 Jun 2013

SkyCity convention centre deal delayed

8:03 pm on 14 June 2013

The Government and SkyCity have delayed formalising a $400 million deal for an international convention centre in Auckland.

SkyCity had until Friday to formalise the deal, but says it needs more time.

Both parties have agreed on a two week extension.

It was announced in May that the casino would meet the full cost of building the centre in return for a number of benefits, including an extended gambling licence and 230 more poker machines.

Construction is due to start next year with the centre scheduled to be open by 2017.