The independent commissioners have decided that the resource consent application will continue without input from the public in regards to the New Zealand International Convention Centre.

The commissioners took into consideration the environmental effects of the application and the resource consent application for Ports of Auckland Ltd.

The decision from the commissioners came after the agreement between SkyCity and the government on the initial design for the NZICC on 26th May 2015.

The design showed a smaller convention center that will need SkyCity to increase its spending from $402 million that was agreed upon in 2013 to $430 million.

Nigel Morrison, the CEO of SkyCity said that the decision is good for the project. It also means that SkyCity can now decide on a construction partner and set a date for when ground will be broken for the building.

He also said that they are now waiting for the independent commissioners to confirm the final resource consent decision, which is expected to happen in the next few months.

They are planning to sign a building works contract for the NZICC by October and the construction for the building will begin by the end of 2015.

The convention center will be 33 000 square meters and will be able to hold 3150 people for meetings, two simultaneous events of 1200 people each and one off events of up to 4200 people. SkyCity are also planning to build a new laneway that will provide visitors with shops, public space, bars and cafes.

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