SkyCity and government have officially signed the Project and Licensing Agreement to build a $402 million convention centre in Auckland.
SkyCity has also purchased 93 Hobson Street from TVNZ so that they can develop the New Zealand International Convention Centre (NZICC) to the design brief.
The build will provide work for up to 1,000 people, and SkyCity expect the convention centre to employ around 800.
The convention centre will be implementing world-first strategies for harm minimisation as part of their ‘host responsibility initiatives.’ These include, predictive modeling technology, which analyses player data to identify customers most at risk from gambling harm, and a continued roll-out of SkyCity’s Pre-commitment Programme.
Max Abbott, director of AUT’s Gambling and Addictions Research Centre says, “no other casino in the world has introduced facial recognition technology, electronic monitoring and ‘pre‐commitment’ to time and/or expenditure limits together. It is ground‐breaking and could raise the bar across all gambling settings and forms.”