14 Jun 2011

Railway station land options under study by Ngati Whatua

6:36 am on 14 June 2011

Ngati Whatua is looking for options for its land near the old Auckland railway station.

Corporate head Tiwana Tibble says it's disappointed not to get a chance to build a convention centre, but there was no way it could match Sky City Casino's bid.

Sky City is the Government's preferred bidder for a $350 million national convention centre in exchange for a massive expansion of its casino operations.

Mr Tibble told Waatea News that the Ngati Whatua land can be used as retail, residential or commercial space.

He said Ngati Whatua is pleased its bid to build a casino in the old railway station in the 1990s did not come off, because it now feels gambling is not a business Maori organisations should be part of.