Published 15 June 2012
Deputy Auditor-general Phillippa Smith said on Wednesday she’d conduct an inquiry into the expressions-of-interest process for proposals to establish an international convention centre.
The Ministry of Economic Development carried out that process on behalf of the Government in 2010. On 12 June 2011 – a Sunday afternoon – the Government announced it was negotiating with SkyCity Entertainment Group Ltd, whose proposal had been selected as the best option.
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei asked for the auditor-general to investigate on 24 April, in light of concerns raised about the fairness & adequacy of the process.
The inquiry will examine:
the overall process for seeking & assessing proposals for an international convention centrethe adequacy of the assessment of the likely costs & benefits of each proposal, andany other matters the deputy auditor-general considers it desirable to report on.
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Attribution: Auditor-general’s release, story written by Bob Dey for the Bob Dey Property Report.