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Hard News: The Sky is the limit

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  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to tussock,

    stadia distance...

    a big empty building

    I'm thinking dirigible airship storage hangar might be a good use for that stadium - follow the steampunk dollar, and it could just be tethered outside for the few days a year it gets used for other fixtures...

    I'd stay away from those budget hydrogen-lifted zeppelins though...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7893 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald,

    I accidentally watched 15 seconds of telly just now.

    Caught the Sky City ad.

    Goodness me....who would have thought SkyCity was bordering on a charitable institution?

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1344 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    Yeah my kids will be paying for Dunedin's stupid stadium, probably my grand kids too, if some councillors have their way.

    Even if you ignore the horrendous mortgage its costing the local ratepayers $4M a year in what are basically subsidies to its only user, professional rugby, who blatantly ignore this situation that they created in the first place.

    No city makes money on stadiums, their proper remit is playing fields, not propping up the good old boys who run professional sport who couldn't finance their way out of a wet paper bag.

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2609 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    croup to croupier....
    Speaking of horses arses... Whatever credibility Colin Espiner ever had is now well washed away, as he justifies Sky City's current ad campaign

    SkyCity spokesman Colin Espiner said the company did not want to highlight the casino and gambling operations.
    "What we were looking at was areas of the business that perhaps people didn't know about, particularly in the hospitality side."
    The ad was intended to share the story of staff and the business, he said.

    ...

    The ad makes only a scant mention of SkyCity's casino business, which Wilcox said was so unbelievable it could backfire on them, he said.

    ...

    Of SkyCity's $820m revenue last year $570m came from gambling and less than $200m was from non-gambling business.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7893 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Of SkyCity's $820m revenue last year $570m came from gambling and less than $200m was from non-gambling business.

    Ahhh, here, that's the thing see....If we help Sky City to make more money out of non-gambling business then the percentage of profits from gambling goes down. Unless, of course, the convention center somehow, accidentally and in the most unlikely scenario, increases the profits of the casino by actually attracting overseas visitors.
    Which, of course is not going to happen because...... erm.... OOOH LOOK.... New Flag......

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    It also glosses over SkyCity's history of uneasy industrial relations. As for Colin Espiner, every man has his price.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5423 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Deja vu all over again. Saatchi's Wellington attempted a similar campaign for Tower Insurance in the early 90s. Tower staff, supposedly filmed without their knowledge, delivered expansive soundbites about how being in the insurance game was the next best thing to being Mother Theresa. Essentially it was standard issue corporate motivational porn unleashed upon the TV public, and the angry reaction saw the campaign pulled in short order.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    Seems when the blowtorch is on SkyCity's CEO, he tries to shift the goal posts.

    SkyCity CEO: Taxpayers always on the hook for higher costs

    And how much advertising revenue is the Granny prepared to forego, if it grows a pair and properly investigates the whole wheeler-deal?

    SkyCity advertorial

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5423 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    The needle and the damage done...
    Despite what they say, the Convention Centre in Auckland must have already cost taxpayers money - ousting TVNZ from their building (without engagement or consultation as far as I can make out) cannot have been a cost neutral exercise - or is TVNZ completely self funding these days - nonetheless they are victims of Key & Joyce's largesse - and that Sky City CEO is a complete pillock - I vote the NZ govt walks away from the deal - it will only end in tears. (if not shreds).

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7893 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Despite what they say, the Convention Centre in Auckland must have already cost taxpayers money - ousting TVNZ from their building

    As is the usual practice for these slithy toves that brown bag of cash will be on TVNZ's books as a loss, or profit depending on the use they want to put that transaction down to.
    Profit= look what a great deal this is, wanna buy a tv company?
    Loss= Look what a waste of money this tv company is, we must flick it off cheap.
    Either way it was our bit of land those shysters have given to their mates.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

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