Did SkyCity lean on Key to greenlight the loop for SkyCity to gain a stop across the road from them? More crony capitalism than civic vision?
If one is to be cynical about Key’s motives if SkyCity have anything to gain, then where do we start to question what Len has given away for the loop?
A Government as Machiavellian as this one wouldn’t hand Len a political victory as generous as this before the Mayoralty without gaining some considerable compromises from Len.
Key is already floating the sale of Auckland assets, Len says he won’t sell Airport shares, but what about other assets?
Will Len sacrifice the Ports? Would there be massive property speculation of the Harbour if the Port was moved?
In fact shouldn’t we be aware as to the powerful and secretive Committee For Auckland who back Len? Membership to the CFA is by invitation only and costs $10 000 a year in annual fees. Many of the same people who are members of this private lobby group also happen to be appointed to the ultra secretive Council Controlled Organisations. Brett O’Riley (Chief Executive Officer ATEED), Robert Domm (Chief Executive Officer Regional Facilities Auckland), Mark Ford (Chief Executive Officer Watercare), John Dalzell (Chief Executive Officer Waterfront Auckland) join Connal Townsend (National Director Property Council of NZ) and Evan Davies (Chief Executive Officer Todd Property Ltd) to give Len a vast corporate and property and asset infrastructural influence that could give Len all the levers to pull for asset sales.
The Devil may not just be the in the detail of this rail loop U-turn, the detail could be the Devil.