SkyCity convention centre officially rules out hosting APEC 2021

Hopes that an outside chance SkyCity’s fire damaged International Convention Centre could be repaired in time to host APEC leaders summit in 2021 have been laid to rest with the New Zealand Government ruling out any chance of that happening.

Fletcher Construction has announced major construction work on the NZICC won’t start before mid-year due to the significant damage caused by the fire making the deadline to open in time for APEC “highly unlikely”.

“That requires the replacement of many of the services and fittings that were installed and has restricted normal access to the site,” Fletcher chief executive Peter Reidy told the NZ Herald.

Foreign Minister Winston Peters said the meeting will stay in Auckland with other venues tentatively booked.

“Sad to have the definitive advice from Fletcher Construction that the ICC will not be available in time for the APEC meetings in November 2021,” he told the NZ Herald.

“However contingency planning has been accelerated following the ICC fire and alternative venues have been tentatively booked. The negotiations with the venues are still commercial-in-confidence so no further details can be released at this stage.”