OUR BUSINESS
A PLATFORM FOR GROWTH

AT THE HEART OF SKYCITY’S BUSINESS LIES A COMMITMENT TO CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR). WE ARE COMMITTED TO SHOWING LEADERSHIP IN THIS AREA

Industry

SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited (“SKYCITY” or “SKYCITY Group”) is New Zealand’s largest tourism, leisure and entertainment company with an iconic status and is listed in both New Zealand and Australia.

As one of only three publically listed casino operators in Australasia, we operate integrated entertainment complexes in New Zealand (Auckland, Hamilton and Queenstown) and Australia (Adelaide and Darwin).  In addition to our contemporary casino gaming facilities at each of our complexes, we also offer world-class restaurants, bars and conference facilities which appeal to both domestic and international visitors alike.   Additionally, we also offer award-winning hotel accommodation in Auckland and Darwin.


 

Strategy

Our primary objective is to drive earnings growth in order to maximise total shareholder return.  Our key tenets to deliver growth and maximise shareholder value are:

  • Maximising the value of our existing casino licences;
  • Ensuring our properties are world-class integrated entertainment destinations;
  • Focusing on our customers’ needs and exceeding their expectations;
  • Delivering strong and sustainable earnings across the group;
  • Successfully executing our two current major growth projects - the development of the new New Zealand International Convention Centre (“NZICC”) in Auckland and the redevelopment of the Adelaide Casino;
  • Ensuring strong partnerships with key stakeholders;
  • Being a supportive member of our local communities; and
  • Being a responsible corporate citizen.

What's important to us


Board of Directors

Senior Management

Chris Moller
Chairman

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Member of the Audit and Financial Risk Committee, Member of the Remuneration and Human Resources Committee, Member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee

Appointed a Director of SKYCITY in December 2008 

Chris Moller is currently Chairman of Meridian Energy Limited and the New Zealand Transport Agency and a director of Westpac New Zealand Limited. In his previous role as CEO of the New Zealand Rugby Union, Chris jointly led New Zealand’s successful bid to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

Chris’ career has included senior posts with the New Zealand Dairy Board, including global Chief Financial Officer and Managing Director of NZMP, the international ingredients business of the New Zealand Dairy Board and subsequently Fonterra, where he also held the position of Deputy Chief Executive of Fonterra. His early career was in the finance and banking sectors.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and was appointed as a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in January 2015 for services to business and sport.

Bruce Carter
Deputy Chairman

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Chair of the Audit and Financial Risk Committee and Member of the Governance and Nominations Committee

Appointed a Director of SKYCITY in October 2010

Based in Adelaide, Australia, Bruce Carter is a Consultant to Ferrier Hodgson in Adelaide and was one of the founding partners of the Adelaide practice in 1992. He was formerly a partner at Ernst & Young and has more than 30 years’ experience in corporate restructuring and insolvency.

Bruce is currently Chairman of ASC Pty Ltd (Australian Submarine Corporation) and Aventus Capital Limited and a director of Bank of Queensland Limited as well as a number of private companies and government bodies.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Brent Harman
Director

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Chair of the Remuneration and Human Resources Committee and Member of the Governance and Nominations Committee

Appointed a Director of SKYCITY in December 2008

Brent Harman is an experienced broadcaster and company director with a background in managing publicly listed companies in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Brent has held senior executive and board positions in the broadcast and new media industries in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia.

Sue Suckling
Director

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Chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee, Member of the Remuneration and Human Resources Committee and Member of the Governance and Nominations Committee

Appointed a Director of SKYCITY in May 2011

Sue Suckling is responsible for leading the board’s agenda on health and safety and ensuring that health and safety is monitored and that appropriate issues are addressed as necessary.

Sue is a director and consultant with over 25 years’ experience in corporate governance. Sue is currently the Chair of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Callaghan Innovation Research Limited, Jacobsen Holdings Limited, the Lincoln Hub Establishment Board and ECL Group Limited. She is a director of Restaurant Brands New Zealand Limited and a trustee of the Ministry of Awesome. Previous governance roles include chairing NIWA, AgriQuality Limited, and as a director of Westpac Investments Limited and the New Zealand Dairy Board.

In 1996, she was awarded an OBE for her contribution to New Zealand business. Sue is a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Directors and a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

 

Richard Didsbury
Director

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Member of the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee and Member of the Governance and Nominations Committee

Appointed a Director of SKYCITY in July 2012

Richard Didsbury graduated as an Engineer from Auckland University and has enjoyed a distinguished career in property investment and development. Richard founded, and is currently a director of, the Kiwi Property Group Limited (KPG), which is now the largest property vehicle listed on the NZX.

He is well known for his work as a past president of the Property Council of New Zealand and was previously Chairman of Committee for Auckland Limited. He is a director of Auckland International Airport Limited and Hobsonville Land Company Limited, which is developing a major new waterfront community in Auckland’s north-west. His previous governance roles include being a director of Infrastructure Auckland and Tourism Auckland.

Jennifer Owen
Director

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Member of the Governance and Nominations Committee and Member of the Audit and Financial Risk Committee

Appointed a Director of SKYCITY in December 2016

Based in Sydney, Australia, Jennifer Owen is a Principal of Owen Gaming Research, an independent research firm specialising in the gaming and wagering markets. From 2011 to 2015, she also served on the Investment Committee for Salvation Army Australia. She has more than 30 years’ experience in the areas of accountancy, audit, finance, treasury and equities research, including as Director of Equities Research at Citigroup Global Markets with a specialist focus on the Australasian gambling sector and as an Equities Research Analyst at Macquarie Group focusing on the tourism/leisure sector.

She began her career as an accountant with KPMG, Suncorp Building Society and Macquarie Bank Limited and from 1991 to 1995 was Senior Finance Manager at Queensland Industry Development Corporation where she was responsible for the management of the finance, management accounting and treasury administration functions.

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Business from the Queensland Institute of Technology, a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Queensland, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Diploma course and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australasia.

Murray Jordan
Director

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Member of the Governance and Nominations Committee and Member of the Remuneration and Human Resources Committee

Appointed a Director of SKYCITY in December 2016

Murray Jordan is currently a director of Chorus Limited and Metcash Limited, an ASX listed wholesale distributor specialising in food, grocery and hardware based in Australia, a director of Stevenson Group Limited, a family owned New Zealand business specialising in building products and quarrying, and a trustee of the Starship Foundation. Prior to embarking on a governance career in 2015, he held various senior management roles at Foodstuffs Limited from 2004 to 2015, including Managing Director of Foodstuffs North Island and Managing Director and General Manager Retail, Sales and Performance of Foodstuffs Auckland Limited. In 2013, he led the merger of the Auckland and Wellington business of Foodstuffs to create what is now known as Foodstuffs North Island and established and oversaw the integration program.

His early career was in the property sector, including as General Manager of Telecom NZ Limited’s property business and General Manager of AMP Capital Investors NZ Limited’s property portfolio. Murray has a Masters degree in Property Administration from the University of Auckland.

John Mortensen
Interim Chief Executive Officer

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John Mortensen was appointed Interim CEO in April 2016, following Nigel Morrison’s resignation.

John joined SKYCITY as General Manager, SKYCITY Auckland in June 2013 and was later appointed Chief Operating Officer, NZ assuming responsibility and oversight of the Hamilton and Queenstown businesses in addition to SKYCITY Auckland. As General Manager, SKYCITY Auckland, John oversaw the operations of SKYCITY’S largest integrated entertainment complex, including two hotels, more than 20 bars and restaurants, a world-class casino, the Sky Tower and a convention centre.

John has extensive experience in gaming operations and casino management, including roles at Federal Group in Tasmania, Australia, where he held the positions Director of Gaming and Entertainment and Chief Operating Officer for the Group.

Rob Hamilton
Chief Financial Officer

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Rob Hamilton was appointed Chief Financial Officer in October 2014 and is responsible for the financial performance of SKYCITY, including reporting and risk minimisation, as well as helping to form the strategic direction of the SKYCITY Group.

Rob is a respected member of the finance community with more than 20 years’ experience at First NZ Capital, where he led the investment banking team. Rob has a Bachelor degree in Commerce and Science and is on the Board of Trustees for Auckland Grammar School. 

Peter Treacy
Group General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Chief Risk Officer

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Peter Treacy was appointed as Group General Manager, Corporate Affairs and Chief Risk Officer in August 2016, prior to which we held the position of General Counsel and Company Secretary from May 2008. In his new role, Peter has executive responsibility for risk, government relations, communications, surveillance, host responsibility, corporate social responsibility and legal and regulatory affairs.

Peter has extensive experience in major international financing and corporate transactions with many years’ international experience, including eight years as partner with international law firm Linklaters in London, Hong Kong and Bangkok.

Claire Walker
Group General Manager, Human Resources

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David Christian was appointed General Manager, SKYCITY Darwin in June 2016 and has previously held several significant positions within the SKYCITY group, including General Manager Adelaide Casino from 2008 - 2014 and, prior to that, General Manager, SKYCITY Auckland and General Manager SKYCITY Hamilton. David has more than 30 years’ experience in hospitality, hotel and casino management, including working in several Australian States and Singapore. Prior to joining SKYCITY, David was General Manager of the Wrest Point Hotel Casino in Tasmania.

David has a Masters degree from Deakin University and a Diploma of Hospitality Management.

Simon Jamieson
Group General Manger, NZICC Development & Tourism

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Simon Jamieson joined SKYCITY in September 2007, and since then, has held a number of roles, including Manager of SKYCITY Hotels Group Auckland and Acting General Manager SKYCITY Auckland. He has more recently been appointed Group General Manager New Zealand International Convention Centre (“NZICC”) Development & Tourism to oversee the SKYCITY Group’s significant NZICC project in Auckland. With more than 25 years’ experience in large-scale hospitality businesses, Simon brings a wealth of commercial and global tourism experience to the SKYCITY business.

Matt Ballesty
Acting General Manager SKYCITY Auckland

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Matt oversees the operations of SKYCITY’s largest business including its two hotels, more than 20 bars and restaurants, a world-class casino, Sky Tower and Convention Centre.

Over the last twenty years, Matt has gained significant industry experience in Asia, Canada and Australasia. Matt was a founding member of the executive team of MPEL based in Macau, China where he held management roles including General Manager, Casino Operations of Crown Macau and Project Director (Operations) of City of Dreams. Matt joined Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Group based in Vancouver, Canada heading up the flagship property, as Executive General Manager. Prior to joining SKYCITY in 2013 as General Manager, Group Gaming Strategy, Matt held the role of VP - Business Development with Crown Melbourne’s corporate office, involved with international projects.

Michelle Baillie
General Manager SKYCITY Hamilton

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Michelle has more than 20 years’ experience in the casino and hospitality industries in New Zealand and has held various senior managerial roles within SKYCITY, predominantly in casino operations but also including hotel operations and project management positions.

Michelle was appointed General Manager SKYCITY Queenstown in May 2008 and was responsible for successfully incorporating the SKYCITY Wharf Casino business into the existing SKYCITY Queenstown Casino business in July 2013. Michelle relocated to Hamilton in April 2014 to take up the position of General Manager SKYCITY Hamilton.

Michelle has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Canterbury. She was a Board member of the Queenstown Chamber of Commerce from 2012 - 2013 and is currently on the Executive Committee of the Hamilton Central Business Association.

Jonathan Browne
General Manager SKYCITY Queenstown

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Jonathan Browne joined SKYCITY in May 2015 and is responsible for overseeing the operations of SKYCITY Queenstown Casino and SKYCITY Wharf Casino in Queenstown. Commencing his career in tourism, Jono travelled widely before returning to New Zealand and a role with Lion Nathan in Wellington. Jonathan progressed to Area Manager with Lion Nathan before joining the gaming industry in 2008. Jono has since held roles as National Accounts Manager for International Gaming Technology (NZ) and more recently General Manager for United Gaming while balancing his role as director for a hospitality venue company. He holds qualifications in Marketing and Tourism, a post graduate certificate in Management and an MBA from Victoria University.

David Christian
General Manager SKYCITY Darwin

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David Christian was appointed General Manager, SKYCITY Darwin in June 2016 and has previously held several significant positions within the SKYCITY group, including General Manager Adelaide Casino from 2008 - 2014 and, prior to that, General Manager, SKYCITY Auckland and General Manager SKYCITY Hamilton. David has more than 30 years’ experience in hospitality, hotel and casino management, including working in several Australian States and Singapore. Prior to joining SKYCITY, David was General Manager of the Wrest Point Hotel Casino in Tasmania.

David has a Masters degree from Deakin University and a Diploma of Hospitality Management.


Governance

Corporate governance at SKYCITY encompasses the company's decision-making structures and the mechanisms used to manage the organisation.  

The Board of SKYCITY has a comprehensive set of corporate governance practices and procedures in place to ensure that these responsibilities are met.  

The SKYCITY Board Charter sets out the corporate governance framework for the Board and its committees.

Below is a summary of SKYCITY's Board and committee structure and membership information as well as the Board Charter and associated documents.

Audit and Financial Risk Committee

The primary objective of the Board’s Audit and Financial Risk Committee is to assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its responsibilities relating to accounting and reporting, external and internal audit, tax planning and compliance, treasury, gaming regulatory compliance, and risk management.

Members

Bruce Carter (Chair)
Chris Moller
Jennifer Owen

The primary objective of the Board’s Audit and Financial Risk Committee is to assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its responsibilities relating to accounting and reporting, external and internal audit, tax planning and compliance, treasury, gaming regulatory compliance, and risk management.

Members

Bruce Carter (Chair)
Chris Moller
Jennifer Owen

Remuneration and Human Resources Committee

The Board's Remuneration and Human Resources Committee oversees the management of the human resource activities of the company, the senior management structure, senior executive performance, remuneration and incentivisation, and succession planning.

Members

Brent Harman (Chair)
Chris Moller
Murray Jordan

The Board's Remuneration and Human Resources Committee oversees the management of the human resource activities of the company, the senior management structure, senior executive performance, remuneration and incentivisation, and succession planning.

Members

Brent Harman (Chair)
Chris Moller
Murray Jordan

Governance and Nominations Committee

The Board's Governance and Nominations Committee monitors the overall governance of the business, Board (and committees) composition and performance, director independence, conflicts of interest, the ethics of the organisation, protection of the company's casino licences, statutory compliance, host responsibility and problem gambling programmes and initiatives.

The Committee's responsibilities include development and review of the corporate governance principles and framework for the company. The Committee is also responsible for monitoring shareholder relationships and employee shareholding matters and policies.

Members

Chris Moller (Chair)
Bruce Carter
Sue Suckling
Brent Harman
Richard Didsbury
Jennifer Owen
Murray Jordan

The Board's Governance and Nominations Committee monitors the overall governance of the business, Board (and committees) composition and performance, director independence, conflicts of interest, the ethics of the organisation, protection of the company's casino licences, statutory compliance, host responsibility and problem gambling programmes and initiatives.

The Committee's responsibilities include development and review of the corporate governance principles and framework for the company. The Committee is also responsible for monitoring shareholder relationships and employee shareholding matters and policies.

Members

Chris Moller (Chair)
Bruce Carter
Sue Suckling
Brent Harman
Richard Didsbury
Jennifer Owen
Murray Jordan

Corporate Social Responsibility Committee

The Board's Corporate Social Responsibility Committee is responsible for monitoring the organisational integrity of business operations to ensure the maintenance of a high standard of ethical behaviour. This includes ensuring that SKYCITY operates in compliance with its Code of Business Practice, which sets out the guiding principles of its relationships with stakeholder groups such as regulators, shareholders, suppliers, customers, community groups and employees.

Members

Sue Suckling (Chair)
Chris Moller
Richard Didsbury

 

The Board's Corporate Social Responsibility Committee is responsible for monitoring the organisational integrity of business operations to ensure the maintenance of a high standard of ethical behaviour. This includes ensuring that SKYCITY operates in compliance with its Code of Business Practice, which sets out the guiding principles of its relationships with stakeholder groups such as regulators, shareholders, suppliers, customers, community groups and employees.

Members

Sue Suckling (Chair)
Chris Moller
Richard Didsbury

 


Ownership Profile

SKYCITY currently has over 20,000 independent shareholders.

 

The majority of SKYCITY's current shareholder base, by value, is represented by institutional investors (both domestic and offshore), with the balance predominantly held by New Zealand retail.~60% of SKYCITY stock is held by the top 20 shareholders, with SKYCITY's largest single shareholder holding around 6%.

 

 

 

Twenty largest shareholders as at 1 August 2016.

Total ordinary shares on issue as at 1 August 2016 were 656,986,761 of which 5,720,530 were held in aggregate by Public Trust on behalf of eligible and future participants pursuant to the SKYCITY Executive Long Term Incentive Plan. No shares were held by the company directly as treasury stock. The ordinary shares are quoted on both the NZX Main Board and ASX under the ticker code ‘SKC’.

HSBC Nominees (New Zealand) Limited

56960679 | 8.67

JP Morgan Nominees Australia Limited

52521340 | 7.99

HSBC Nominees (New Zealand) Limited A/C State Street

42680009 | 6.50

Citibank Nominees (New Zealand) Limited

42642567 | 6.49

JP Morgan Chase Bank NA NZ Branch

40843758 | 6.22

HSBC Custody Nominees (Australia) Limited

39529001 | 6.02

National Nominees New Zealand Limited

32453839 | 4.94

National Nominees Limited

31313930 | 4.77

RBC Investor Services Australia Nominees Pty Limited

21214702 | 3.23

Accident Compensation Corporation

18679090 | 2.84

BNP Paribas Noms Pty Limited

13226693 | 2.01

Citicorp Nominees Pty Limited

11218390 | 1.71

BNP Paribas Nominees (NZ) Limited

10968290 | 1.67

ANZ Custodial Services New Zealand Limited

9530064 | 1.45

UBS Nominees Pty Limited

9222513 | 1.40

Citicorp Nominees Pty Limited

7289711 | 1.11

HSBC Nominees A/C NZ Superannuation Fund Nominees Limited

7210501 | 1.10

ANZ Wholesale Australasian Share Fund

7070450 | 1.08

FNZ Custodians Limited

5480112 | 0.83

BNP Paribas Nominees (NZ) Limited

5232683 | 0.80


Regulatory Environment

In New Zealand, casino gaming activities are regulated by the Department of Internal Affairs and Gambling Commission in accordance with the Gambling Act 2003. In Australia, casino gaming activities are regulated by the relevant State and Territory governments.

New Zealand

Casino licensing in New Zealand is governed by the Gambling Act 2003, which is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs and Gambling Commission.

Under the Gambling Act, two licences are required to operate a casino in New Zealand:

  • a site-specific casino venue licence; and
  • a casino operator’s licence.

A casino venue licence typically runs for an initial term of 25 years from the date of opening of the relevant casino. However, a casino venue licence may be renewed for further successive periods of 15 years each under the Gambling Act. A casino venue licence has been issued for each of SKYCITY’s New Zealand casinos.

SKYCITY Casino Management Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited) holds a casino operator’s licence for each of SKYCITY’s New Zealand casinos..

SKYCITY’s casino venue licences and casino operator’s licences can be viewed at the Gambling Commission's website.

SKYCITY has a venue licence for each of its three venues in New Zealand - Auckland, Hamilton and Queenstown.  The table below outlines the significant dates associated with the licences.

SKYCITY Casino

Date Venue Licence Granted

Term of Venue Licence for Casino

Operational Start Date of Casino

Expiry Date

Auckland

24 April 1995

25 yrs from date of operation

2 February 1996

30 June 2048 (1) & (2)

Hamilton

10 December 1999

25 yrs from date of operation

19 September 2002

18 September 2027 (1)

Queenstown

18 June 1999

25 yrs from date of operation

7 December 2000

6 December 2025 (1)

 Queenstown (Wharf Casino)

 18 June 1999

25 yrs from date of operation 

11 September 1999

Acquired by SKYCITY
23 July 2013

11 September 2024 (1)

(1) The casino licences may be renewed for a further period of 15 years as provided by section 138 of the Gambling Act 2003.

(2) As extended by the New Zealand International Convention Centre Project and Licensing Agreement dated 5 July 2013.

Casino licensing in New Zealand is governed by the Gambling Act 2003, which is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs and Gambling Commission.

Under the Gambling Act, two licences are required to operate a casino in New Zealand:

  • a site-specific casino venue licence; and
  • a casino operator’s licence.

A casino venue licence typically runs for an initial term of 25 years from the date of opening of the relevant casino. However, a casino venue licence may be renewed for further successive periods of 15 years each under the Gambling Act. A casino venue licence has been issued for each of SKYCITY’s New Zealand casinos.

SKYCITY Casino Management Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited) holds a casino operator’s licence for each of SKYCITY’s New Zealand casinos..

SKYCITY’s casino venue licences and casino operator’s licences can be viewed at the Gambling Commission's website.

SKYCITY has a venue licence for each of its three venues in New Zealand - Auckland, Hamilton and Queenstown.  The table below outlines the significant dates associated with the licences.

SKYCITY Casino

Date Venue Licence Granted

Term of Venue Licence for Casino

Operational Start Date of Casino

Expiry Date

Auckland

24 April 1995

25 yrs from date of operation

2 February 1996

30 June 2048 (1) & (2)

Hamilton

10 December 1999

25 yrs from date of operation

19 September 2002

18 September 2027 (1)

Queenstown

18 June 1999

25 yrs from date of operation

7 December 2000

6 December 2025 (1)

 Queenstown (Wharf Casino)

 18 June 1999

25 yrs from date of operation 

11 September 1999

Acquired by SKYCITY
23 July 2013

11 September 2024 (1)

(1) The casino licences may be renewed for a further period of 15 years as provided by section 138 of the Gambling Act 2003.

(2) As extended by the New Zealand International Convention Centre Project and Licensing Agreement dated 5 July 2013.

Australia - Adelaide

Casino licensing in South Australia is governed by the Casino Act 1997, which is administered by the Independent Gambling Authority and Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner.

In February 2000, SKYCITY Australia Pty Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited) was the successful bidder for Adelaide Casino Pty Limited, the holder of the casino licence for South Australia. The Adelaide Casino licence currently runs until 2085, with casino exclusivity in the State of South Australia until 2035.

The Adelaide Licensing Agreement and Casino Duty Agreement can be viewed at the South Australian Department of Treasury and Finance website, click here to view the site.

Casino gaming in South Australia is regulated by the Independent Gambling Authority

Casino licensing in South Australia is governed by the Casino Act 1997, which is administered by the Independent Gambling Authority and Office of the Liquor and Gambling Commissioner.

In February 2000, SKYCITY Australia Pty Limited (a wholly-owned subsidiary of SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited) was the successful bidder for Adelaide Casino Pty Limited, the holder of the casino licence for South Australia. The Adelaide Casino licence currently runs until 2085, with casino exclusivity in the State of South Australia until 2035.

The Adelaide Licensing Agreement and Casino Duty Agreement can be viewed at the South Australian Department of Treasury and Finance website, click here to view the site.

Casino gaming in South Australia is regulated by the Independent Gambling Authority

Australia - Darwin

Casino licensing in the Northern Territory is governed by the Gaming Control Act, which is administered by the Minister for Racing, Gaming and Licensing and the Director-General of Licensing.

In July 2004, SKYCITY acquired ownership of the casino licence in the Northern Division of the Northern Territory. The SKYCITY Darwin casino licence currently runs until June 2031 with extension opportunities available (5-year terms). SKYCITY has an exclusive casino licence for the top 700 kilometres of the Northern Territory of Australia.

For more information about Casino gaming in Northern Territory go to https://nt.gov.au/industry/gambling

Casino licensing in the Northern Territory is governed by the Gaming Control Act, which is administered by the Minister for Racing, Gaming and Licensing and the Director-General of Licensing.

In July 2004, SKYCITY acquired ownership of the casino licence in the Northern Division of the Northern Territory. The SKYCITY Darwin casino licence currently runs until June 2031 with extension opportunities available (5-year terms). SKYCITY has an exclusive casino licence for the top 700 kilometres of the Northern Territory of Australia.

For more information about Casino gaming in Northern Territory go to https://nt.gov.au/industry/gambling


History

SKYCITY came into existence in 1996 when Sky City Limited became the owner of the SKYCITY Auckland complex. In 1998, it took over the operations from the previous gaming operator Harrah's Entertainment. Since opening its original Auckland casino, SKYCITY has expanded its operations to several New Zealand and Australian cities.

SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited - History

  • May 2016: SKYCITY signs an Early Works Agreement with the South Australia Government as part of the expansion of the Adelaide Casino and the broader development of the Adelaide riverbank precinct.
  • May 2016: SKYCITY completes a NZ$263 million capital raising through an accelerated renounceable entitlement offer to existing shareholders.
  • April 2016: Nigel Morrison resigns as Chief Executive Offer, with John Mortensen appointed as Interim Chief Executive Offer.
  • January 2016: SKYCITY plans for the expansion of the Adelaide Casino are approved by South Australia’s Development Assessment Commission.
  • November 2015: SKYCITY lodges its plans for the exterior design of the Adelaide Casino expansion with the South Australian design approval body, the Development Assessment Commission.
  • November 2015: The regulatory concessions under the New Zealand International Convention Centre Agreement with the New Zealand Government become available to SKYCITY following signing of the building works contract with Fletcher Construction Limited for the development of the New Zealand International Convention Centre.
  • October 2015: SKYCITY appoints Fletcher Construction Limited as the main contractor for the New Zealand International Convention Centre and Hobson St Hotel developments.
  • September 2015: SKYCITY announces that the New Zealand International Convention Centre and Hobson St Hotel projects received resource consent approval from the Auckland Council.
  • September 2015: SKYCITY allots NZ$125 million of unsubordinated, unsecured, redeemable, fixed rate, seven year bonds.
  • September 2015: SKYCITY launches a Level 1, Sponsored American Depository Receipts programme with the Bank of New York Mellon.
  • August 2015: SKYCITY announces its intention to issue up to NZ$100 million (plus up to NZ$25 million of oversubscriptions) of unsubordinated, unsecured, redeemable, fixed rate, seven year bonds.
  • July 2015: SKYCITY announces that the Northern Territory Government’s gaming tax rate review for the SKYCITY Darwin Casino has completed and new tax rates confirmed.
  • July 2015: SKYCITY announces that its resource consent application for the development of the New Zealand International Convention Centre, the Hobson St Hotel, additional car parks, and a pedestrian laneway will proceed on a non-notified basis.
  • May 2015: SKYCITY and the New Zealand Government agree the preliminary design and execute an amended agreement for the development of the New Zealand International Convention Centre.
  • April 2015: The Northern Territory Government imposes a Community Benefit Levy on SKYCITY Darwin.
  • March 2015: SKYCITY agrees commercial terms for the Adelaide Casino car park lease.
  • March 2015: SKYCITY announces that it and the New Zealand Government have formally agreed to extend the last date for approval of the preliminary design of the New Zealand International Convention Centre.
  • February 2015: SKYCITY agrees to review the design of the New Zealand International Convention Centre following discussions with the New Zealand Government.
  • December 2014: SKYCITY lodges its resource consent application for the development of the New Zealand International Convention Centre, Hobson St Hotel, additional car parks and a pedestrian laneway.
  • August 2014: Rob Hamilton appointed Chief Financial Officer.
  • August 2014: SKYCITY announces approval of its concept design for the New Zealand International Convention Centre and its intention to build a new 300 room, 5 star hotel adjacent to the New Zealand International Convention Centre.
  • May 2014: James Burrell resigns at Chief Financial Officer.
  • February 2014: SKYCITY’s Approved Licensing Agreement and Casino Duty Agreement with the South Australian Government for the Adelaide Casino expansion project come into effect.
  • December 2013: SKYCITY is included in the S&P/ASX 200 index.
  • November 2013: New Zealand Parliament passes the New Zealand International Convention Centre legislation allowing SKYCITY to design, build, own and operate the New Zealand International Convention Centre adjacent to SKYCITY Auckland in Auckland.
  • October 2013: South Australian Parliament passes legislation allowing SKYCITY to undertake a significant expansion of the Adelaide Casino, including a new 6 star boutique hotel and VIP gaming suites.
  • June 2013: SKYCITY acquires Wharf Casino in Queenstown.
  • March 2013: SKYCITY short listed for new tourism development on the Gold Coast, Australia.
  • December 2012: SKYCITY sells its shareholding in Christchurch Casino and acquires full ownership of SKYCITY Queenstown.
  • December 2011: SKYCITY announces NZ$185 million new unsecured bank facility.
  • February 2011: Christchurch Casino temporarily closed due to a devastating earthquake in February.
  • June 2011: SKYCITY announced by the New Zealand Government as the preferred developer of a national convention centre in Auckland.
  • May 2011: James Burrell appointed as Chief Financial Officer.
  • April 2011: SKYCITY wins Variety International Corporate Award for services to charity.
  • February 2010: SKYCITY completes the sale of its cinemas business to Amalgamated Holdings Limited.
  • August 2009: SKYCITY completes a further buy back of US$62.5 million (NZ$93 million) of US private placement debt.
  • July 2009: SKYCITY completes a buy back of US$53 million (NZ$84.5 million) of US private placement debt.
  • May 2009: SKYCITY completes a further NZ$43 million placement to retail investors under a share purchase plan and top up offer.
  • April 2009: SKYCITY completes a NZ$185.3 million underwritten institutional placement of 71 million ordinary shares.
  • May 2008: Alistair Ryan appointed as Chief Financial Officer.
  • March 2008: Nigel Morrison appointed as Chief Executive Officer.
  • May 2006: SKYCITY acquires remaining 50% of cinema joint venture from Village Roadshow.
  • June 2004: SKYCITY purchases the Darwin casino and hotel, which is re-branded SKYCITY Darwin.
  • 2004: SKYCITY acquires a 40.5% shareholding in Christchurch Casino.
  • 2003 – 2004: “Sky City” is rebranded “SKYCITY” group-wide.
  • September 2002: Sky City Hamilton opens.
  • September 2001: Renamed Sky City Entertainment Group Limited to reflect the group’s broadening scope.
  • March 2001: Sky City acquires a 50.2% interest in Force Corporation Limited, a cinema entertainment company, which is renamed Sky City Leisure Limited.
  • June 2000: Sky City acquires the Adelaide Casino in South Australia.
  • December 2000: Sky City Queenstown opens.
  • February 1996: Sky City Limited begins operation and lists on the NZX.
  • 1994 to February 1996: Sky City founded by Harrah's Entertainment & Brierley Investments Limited.
  • May 2016: SKYCITY signs an Early Works Agreement with the South Australia Government as part of the expansion of the Adelaide Casino and the broader development of the Adelaide riverbank precinct.
  • May 2016: SKYCITY completes a NZ$263 million capital raising through an accelerated renounceable entitlement offer to existing shareholders.
  • April 2016: Nigel Morrison resigns as Chief Executive Offer, with John Mortensen appointed as Interim Chief Executive Offer.
  • January 2016: SKYCITY plans for the expansion of the Adelaide Casino are approved by South Australia’s Development Assessment Commission.
  • November 2015: SKYCITY lodges its plans for the exterior design of the Adelaide Casino expansion with the South Australian design approval body, the Development Assessment Commission.
  • November 2015: The regulatory concessions under the New Zealand International Convention Centre Agreement with the New Zealand Government become available to SKYCITY following signing of the building works contract with Fletcher Construction Limited for the development of the New Zealand International Convention Centre.
  • October 2015: SKYCITY appoints Fletcher Construction Limited as the main contractor for the New Zealand International Convention Centre and Hobson St Hotel developments.
  • September 2015: SKYCITY announces that the New Zealand International Convention Centre and Hobson St Hotel projects received resource consent approval from the Auckland Council.
  • September 2015: SKYCITY allots NZ$125 million of unsubordinated, unsecured, redeemable, fixed rate, seven year bonds.
  • September 2015: SKYCITY launches a Level 1, Sponsored American Depository Receipts programme with the Bank of New York Mellon.
  • August 2015: SKYCITY announces its intention to issue up to NZ$100 million (plus up to NZ$25 million of oversubscriptions) of unsubordinated, unsecured, redeemable, fixed rate, seven year bonds.
  • July 2015: SKYCITY announces that the Northern Territory Government’s gaming tax rate review for the SKYCITY Darwin Casino has completed and new tax rates confirmed.
  • July 2015: SKYCITY announces that its resource consent application for the development of the New Zealand International Convention Centre, the Hobson St Hotel, additional car parks, and a pedestrian laneway will proceed on a non-notified basis.
  • May 2015: SKYCITY and the New Zealand Government agree the preliminary design and execute an amended agreement for the development of the New Zealand International Convention Centre.
  • April 2015: The Northern Territory Government imposes a Community Benefit Levy on SKYCITY Darwin.
  • March 2015: SKYCITY agrees commercial terms for the Adelaide Casino car park lease.
  • March 2015: SKYCITY announces that it and the New Zealand Government have formally agreed to extend the last date for approval of the preliminary design of the New Zealand International Convention Centre.
  • February 2015: SKYCITY agrees to review the design of the New Zealand International Convention Centre following discussions with the New Zealand Government.
  • December 2014: SKYCITY lodges its resource consent application for the development of the New Zealand International Convention Centre, Hobson St Hotel, additional car parks and a pedestrian laneway.
  • August 2014: Rob Hamilton appointed Chief Financial Officer.
  • August 2014: SKYCITY announces approval of its concept design for the New Zealand International Convention Centre and its intention to build a new 300 room, 5 star hotel adjacent to the New Zealand International Convention Centre.
  • May 2014: James Burrell resigns at Chief Financial Officer.
  • February 2014: SKYCITY’s Approved Licensing Agreement and Casino Duty Agreement with the South Australian Government for the Adelaide Casino expansion project come into effect.
  • December 2013: SKYCITY is included in the S&P/ASX 200 index.
  • November 2013: New Zealand Parliament passes the New Zealand International Convention Centre legislation allowing SKYCITY to design, build, own and operate the New Zealand International Convention Centre adjacent to SKYCITY Auckland in Auckland.
  • October 2013: South Australian Parliament passes legislation allowing SKYCITY to undertake a significant expansion of the Adelaide Casino, including a new 6 star boutique hotel and VIP gaming suites.
  • June 2013: SKYCITY acquires Wharf Casino in Queenstown.
  • March 2013: SKYCITY short listed for new tourism development on the Gold Coast, Australia.
  • December 2012: SKYCITY sells its shareholding in Christchurch Casino and acquires full ownership of SKYCITY Queenstown.
  • December 2011: SKYCITY announces NZ$185 million new unsecured bank facility.
  • February 2011: Christchurch Casino temporarily closed due to a devastating earthquake in February.
  • June 2011: SKYCITY announced by the New Zealand Government as the preferred developer of a national convention centre in Auckland.
  • May 2011: James Burrell appointed as Chief Financial Officer.
  • April 2011: SKYCITY wins Variety International Corporate Award for services to charity.
  • February 2010: SKYCITY completes the sale of its cinemas business to Amalgamated Holdings Limited.
  • August 2009: SKYCITY completes a further buy back of US$62.5 million (NZ$93 million) of US private placement debt.
  • July 2009: SKYCITY completes a buy back of US$53 million (NZ$84.5 million) of US private placement debt.
  • May 2009: SKYCITY completes a further NZ$43 million placement to retail investors under a share purchase plan and top up offer.
  • April 2009: SKYCITY completes a NZ$185.3 million underwritten institutional placement of 71 million ordinary shares.
  • May 2008: Alistair Ryan appointed as Chief Financial Officer.
  • March 2008: Nigel Morrison appointed as Chief Executive Officer.
  • May 2006: SKYCITY acquires remaining 50% of cinema joint venture from Village Roadshow.
  • June 2004: SKYCITY purchases the Darwin casino and hotel, which is re-branded SKYCITY Darwin.
  • 2004: SKYCITY acquires a 40.5% shareholding in Christchurch Casino.
  • 2003 – 2004: “Sky City” is rebranded “SKYCITY” group-wide.
  • September 2002: Sky City Hamilton opens.
  • September 2001: Renamed Sky City Entertainment Group Limited to reflect the group’s broadening scope.
  • March 2001: Sky City acquires a 50.2% interest in Force Corporation Limited, a cinema entertainment company, which is renamed Sky City Leisure Limited.
  • June 2000: Sky City acquires the Adelaide Casino in South Australia.
  • December 2000: Sky City Queenstown opens.
  • February 1996: Sky City Limited begins operation and lists on the NZX.
  • 1994 to February 1996: Sky City founded by Harrah's Entertainment & Brierley Investments Limited.

Locations

6 CASINOS across 5 LOCATIONS

Auckland

Adelaide

Darwin

Hamilton

Queenstown

SKYCITY Locations

  • Auckland
  • Adelaide
  • Darwin
  • Hamilton
  • Queenstown

Auckland

SKYCITY Auckland Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SKYCITY Entertainment Group Limited, holds the casino venue licence for SKYCITY Auckland.  This casino venue licence currently runs until 30 June 2048 (having been extended by the New Zealand International Convention Centre Project and Licensing Agreement dated 5 July 2013).

SKYCITY Auckland is currently authorised to operate up to 150 gaming tables, 1,877 gaming machines and 240 fully automated table games.

SKYCITY Auckland History

  • January 2016: SKYCITY Auckland celebrates its 20 year anniversary.
  • December 2015: Andy’s Burgers & Bar opens in a revitalised Auckland Atrium space.
  • December 2015: SKYCITY and Kapiti partner to create a new Sky Café experience in the Sky Tower.
  • November 2015: SKYCITY Auckland wins the Innovative Youth Employer Award at the inaugural ‘Young at Heart’ Youth Employer Pledge Awards.
  • September 2015: East Day Spa awarded both Oceania’s Best Hotel Spa and New Zealand’s Best Hotel Spa in the World Spa Awards.
  • September 2015: SKYCITY Grand Hotel named as a finalist in the 2015 NZ Tourism Industry Awards for the Visitor Experience Category.
  • August 2015: SKYCITY agrees to new guaranteed minimum hours for SKYCITY Auckland staff.
  • August 2015: SKYCITY confirms its plan to enhance its Auckland property with a major upgrade of its main Atrium space, costing approximately NZ$24 million.
  • June 2015: SKYCITY commences a new shuttle service between its Auckland hotels and the Auckland Airport’s international and domestic terminals.
  • April 2015: Depot named as supreme award winner at the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year Awards, with six Federal Street restaurants featuring in the Top 50.
  • March 2015: Federal Street restaurant pop-up brand, The Kitchen c/o SKYCITY, officially launched.
  • November 2014: The revitalised Federal Street precinct is officially opened with a public festival.
  • October 2014: SKYCITY achieves a Rainbow Tick certification, recognising it as an employer that encourages and affirms lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, takatāpui and intersex (LGBTTI) staff.
  • October 2014: SKYCITY announces a new partnership with AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand that is to take over the operation of the iconic Sky Tower’s SkyJump and SkyWalk adventure tourism activities.
  • October 2014: SKYCITY announces it will commit NZ$50,000 to help keep the iconic Santa on Auckland’s Queen Street.
  • October 2014: SKYCITY wins both the Leading Hotel Suite (for the SKYCITY Grand Hotel presidential suite) and Australasia’s Leading Casino Resort at the World Travel Awards 2014.
  • August 2014: Auckland Convention Centre celebrates 10 years of success in the industry.
  • April 2014: Federal Street confirmed as Auckland’s outstanding dining destination after the 2014 Metro Restaurant Awards.
  • April 2014: SKYCITY New Zealand Badminton Open brings 240 international players to Auckland.
  • April 2014: SKYCITY celebrates second annual Poppy Partnership with the Auckland RSA the RSA’s centennial year.
  • February 2014: SKYCITY hosts ‘The Height of Fashion’ at The Sugar Club in Auckland.
  • October 2013: SKYCITY Grand Hotel named as New Zealand’s Leading Business Hotel in the World Travel Awards in Dubai.
  • December 2013: New Black VIP gaming room opens.
  • October 2013: Nic Watt opens Japanese Robata restaurant MASU in the Federal Street dining precinct.
  • August 2013: The Federal Street dining precinct continues to expand with the opening of Al Brown’s Federal Delicatessen.
  • May 2013: Peter Gordon opens The Sugar Club on Level 53 of the Sky Tower.
  • November 2012: SKYCITY Auckland Community Trust grants NZ$2.5 million to Auckland community programmes.
  • August 2012: Sky Tower celebrates 15 years as an icon on the Auckland skyline.
  • 2011: Redevelopment of levels 5 and 6 of the SKYCITY Hotel into new VIP gaming spaces, EIGHT and Horizon.
  • September 2011: SKYCITY and Steinlager open new sports bar, The Nation’s Clubrooms.
  • February 2011: Redevelopment of Federal Street with the introduction of three new restaurants - The Grill by Sean Connolly, Al Brown’s Depot and Red Hummingbird.
  • August 2011: Depot by Al Brown & Red Humingbird by Luke Dallow open on Federal Street.
  • August 2011: New Diamond Room opens.
  • August 2011: EIGHT opens as phase 2 of a major redevelopment of the VIP gaming facilities above the SKYCITY Hotel.
  • July 2011: High-end International VIP ‘Horizon’ Suites and gaming salons open as part of a NZ$30 million development on top of the SKYCITY Hotel.
  • May 2011: New Platinum Room opens.
  • 2009: SKYCITY Auckland voted Australasia’s Leading Casino Resort at the 16th Annual World Travel Awards.
  • February 2008: Main Gaming Floor's first major refurbishment since opening is completed.
  • November 2007: SkyWalk, the new Sky Tower adventure experience, opens to thrill seekers.
  • December 2006: Bellota, a contemporary tapas bar designed by Peter Gordon, opens.
  • 2005: The SKYCITY Grand Hotel opens for business, offering 5 star+ accommodation and a signature fine dining restaurant Dine by Peter Gordon.
  • 2004: The SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre opens to become the newest and most technically advanced convention centre in New Zealand.
  • 1997: Sky Tower, the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere, opens.
  • 1996: SKYCITY Auckland casino and entertainment complex opens.
  • January 2016: SKYCITY Auckland celebrates its 20 year anniversary.
  • December 2015: Andy’s Burgers & Bar opens in a revitalised Auckland Atrium space.
  • December 2015: SKYCITY and Kapiti partner to create a new Sky Café experience in the Sky Tower.
  • November 2015: SKYCITY Auckland wins the Innovative Youth Employer Award at the inaugural ‘Young at Heart’ Youth Employer Pledge Awards.
  • September 2015: East Day Spa awarded both Oceania’s Best Hotel Spa and New Zealand’s Best Hotel Spa in the World Spa Awards.
  • September 2015: SKYCITY Grand Hotel named as a finalist in the 2015 NZ Tourism Industry Awards for the Visitor Experience Category.
  • August 2015: SKYCITY agrees to new guaranteed minimum hours for SKYCITY Auckland staff.
  • August 2015: SKYCITY confirms its plan to enhance its Auckland property with a major upgrade of its main Atrium space, costing approximately NZ$24 million.
  • June 2015: SKYCITY commences a new shuttle service between its Auckland hotels and the Auckland Airport’s international and domestic terminals.
  • April 2015: Depot named as supreme award winner at the Metro Peugeot Restaurant of the Year Awards, with six Federal Street restaurants featuring in the Top 50.
  • March 2015: Federal Street restaurant pop-up brand, The Kitchen c/o SKYCITY, officially launched.
  • November 2014: The revitalised Federal Street precinct is officially opened with a public festival.
  • October 2014: SKYCITY achieves a Rainbow Tick certification, recognising it as an employer that encourages and affirms lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, takatāpui and intersex (LGBTTI) staff.
  • October 2014: SKYCITY announces a new partnership with AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand that is to take over the operation of the iconic Sky Tower’s SkyJump and SkyWalk adventure tourism activities.
  • October 2014: SKYCITY announces it will commit NZ$50,000 to help keep the iconic Santa on Auckland’s Queen Street.
  • October 2014: SKYCITY wins both the Leading Hotel Suite (for the SKYCITY Grand Hotel presidential suite) and Australasia’s Leading Casino Resort at the World Travel Awards 2014.
  • August 2014: Auckland Convention Centre celebrates 10 years of success in the industry.
  • April 2014: Federal Street confirmed as Auckland’s outstanding dining destination after the 2014 Metro Restaurant Awards.
  • April 2014: SKYCITY New Zealand Badminton Open brings 240 international players to Auckland.
  • April 2014: SKYCITY celebrates second annual Poppy Partnership with the Auckland RSA the RSA’s centennial year.
  • February 2014: SKYCITY hosts ‘The Height of Fashion’ at The Sugar Club in Auckland.
  • October 2013: SKYCITY Grand Hotel named as New Zealand’s Leading Business Hotel in the World Travel Awards in Dubai.
  • December 2013: New Black VIP gaming room opens.
  • October 2013: Nic Watt opens Japanese Robata restaurant MASU in the Federal Street dining precinct.
  • August 2013: The Federal Street dining precinct continues to expand with the opening of Al Brown’s Federal Delicatessen.
  • May 2013: Peter Gordon opens The Sugar Club on Level 53 of the Sky Tower.
  • November 2012: SKYCITY Auckland Community Trust grants NZ$2.5 million to Auckland community programmes.
  • August 2012: Sky Tower celebrates 15 years as an icon on the Auckland skyline.
  • 2011: Redevelopment of levels 5 and 6 of the SKYCITY Hotel into new VIP gaming spaces, EIGHT and Horizon.
  • September 2011: SKYCITY and Steinlager open new sports bar, The Nation’s Clubrooms.
  • February 2011: Redevelopment of Federal Street with the introduction of three new restaurants - The Grill by Sean Connolly, Al Brown’s Depot and Red Hummingbird.
  • August 2011: Depot by Al Brown & Red Humingbird by Luke Dallow open on Federal Street.
  • August 2011: New Diamond Room opens.
  • August 2011: EIGHT opens as phase 2 of a major redevelopment of the VIP gaming facilities above the SKYCITY Hotel.
  • July 2011: High-end International VIP ‘Horizon’ Suites and gaming salons open as part of a NZ$30 million development on top of the SKYCITY Hotel.
  • May 2011: New Platinum Room opens.
  • 2009: SKYCITY Auckland voted Australasia’s Leading Casino Resort at the 16th Annual World Travel Awards.
  • February 2008: Main Gaming Floor's first major refurbishment since opening is completed.
  • November 2007: SkyWalk, the new Sky Tower adventure experience, opens to thrill seekers.
  • December 2006: Bellota, a contemporary tapas bar designed by Peter Gordon, opens.
  • 2005: The SKYCITY Grand Hotel opens for business, offering 5 star+ accommodation and a signature fine dining restaurant Dine by Peter Gordon.
  • 2004: The SKYCITY Auckland Convention Centre opens to become the newest and most technically advanced convention centre in New Zealand.
  • 1997: Sky Tower, the tallest tower in the Southern Hemisphere, opens.
  • 1996: SKYCITY Auckland casino and entertainment complex opens.

Adelaide

On 30 June 2000, SKYCITY assumed ownership and operational control of the Adelaide Casino. The Adelaide casino licence currently runs until 2085, with exclusivity in the State of South Australia until 2035.

SKYCITY Adelaide is currently authorised to operate 200 gaming tables and 1,500 gaming machines.

SKYCITY Adelaide History

  • May 2016: SKYCITY signs an Early Works Agreement with the South Australia Government as part of the expansion of the Adelaide Casino and the broader development of the Adelaide riverbank precinct.
  • January 2016: SKYCITY plans for the expansion of the Adelaide Casino are approved by South Australia’s Development Assessment Commission.
  • December 2015: Creation of new, contemporary ‘Horizon’ gaming salons to accommodate international gaming.
  • November 2015: SKYCITY lodges its plans for the exterior design of the Adelaide Casino expansion with the South Australian design approval body, the Development Assessment Commission.
  • March 2015: SKYCITY agrees commercial terms for the Adelaide car park lease.
  • January 2015: SKYCITY completes the interim redevelopment of the Adelaide Casino with the establishment of new contemporary gaming spaces (including the Platinum, Black and Barossa gaming rooms) and two new signature restaurants, Madame Hanoi and Sean’s Kitchen.
  • February 2014: SKYCITY’s Approved Licensing Agreement and Casino Duty Agreement with the South Australian Government for the Adelaide Casino expansion project come into effect.
  • October 2013: South Australian Parliament passes legislation allowing SKYCITY to undertake a  significant expansion of Adelaide Casino, including a new 6 star boutique hotel and VIP gaming suites
  • 2012: Introduction of Cent City, featuring 185 1c gaming machines and creation of the Backyard Bar, an outdoor bar at the northern end of the building featuring a large outdoor LED screen and overlooking the River Torrens.
  • 2011: Adelaide Casino awarded South Australia’s ‘Major Tourist Attraction’.
  • 2009: A A$5 million revamp of Marble Hall and the Chandelier Bar unveiled and opened to public.
  • 2005: SKYCITY launches new facilities – new gaming areas, North restaurant, LOCO bar and a new entrance on North Terrace.
  • 2004: A A$20 million redevelopment of North Terrace “South Side” commences.
  • 2000: SKYCITY purchases the Adelaide Casino.
  • 1985: The Adelaide Casino, owned by the South Australian Government, opens for business.
  • May 2016: SKYCITY signs an Early Works Agreement with the South Australia Government as part of the expansion of the Adelaide Casino and the broader development of the Adelaide riverbank precinct.
  • January 2016: SKYCITY plans for the expansion of the Adelaide Casino are approved by South Australia’s Development Assessment Commission.
  • December 2015: Creation of new, contemporary ‘Horizon’ gaming salons to accommodate international gaming.
  • November 2015: SKYCITY lodges its plans for the exterior design of the Adelaide Casino expansion with the South Australian design approval body, the Development Assessment Commission.
  • March 2015: SKYCITY agrees commercial terms for the Adelaide car park lease.
  • January 2015: SKYCITY completes the interim redevelopment of the Adelaide Casino with the establishment of new contemporary gaming spaces (including the Platinum, Black and Barossa gaming rooms) and two new signature restaurants, Madame Hanoi and Sean’s Kitchen.
  • February 2014: SKYCITY’s Approved Licensing Agreement and Casino Duty Agreement with the South Australian Government for the Adelaide Casino expansion project come into effect.
  • October 2013: South Australian Parliament passes legislation allowing SKYCITY to undertake a  significant expansion of Adelaide Casino, including a new 6 star boutique hotel and VIP gaming suites
  • 2012: Introduction of Cent City, featuring 185 1c gaming machines and creation of the Backyard Bar, an outdoor bar at the northern end of the building featuring a large outdoor LED screen and overlooking the River Torrens.
  • 2011: Adelaide Casino awarded South Australia’s ‘Major Tourist Attraction’.
  • 2009: A A$5 million revamp of Marble Hall and the Chandelier Bar unveiled and opened to public.
  • 2005: SKYCITY launches new facilities – new gaming areas, North restaurant, LOCO bar and a new entrance on North Terrace.
  • 2004: A A$20 million redevelopment of North Terrace “South Side” commences.
  • 2000: SKYCITY purchases the Adelaide Casino.
  • 1985: The Adelaide Casino, owned by the South Australian Government, opens for business.

Darwin

In July 2004, SKYCITY acquired ownership of the Darwin Casino and Hotel from MGM Grand and rebranded the property SKYCITY Darwin. The Darwin casino licence currently runs until June 2031.

Extensions to the licence for additional 5-year periods, every five years from 2016, are subject to the Northern Territory Government’s approval. There is no legislative ceiling on the number of gaming tables and gaming machines the SKYCITY Darwin casino may operate. 

SKYCITY Darwin currently operates 36 gaming tables and 630 gaming machines.  

SKYCITY Darwin History

  • July 2015: SKYCITY announces that the Northern Territory Government’s gaming tax rate review for the SKYCITY Darwin has completed and new tax rates confirmed.
  • July 2015: Vue restaurant opened
  • June 2015: Soft refurbishment of the main gaming floor completed.
  • June 2015: SKYCITY Darwin named “Best Entertainment Venue – NT” at the AHA Awards.
  • June 2015: SKYCITY Darwin awarded “Minister’s Award for Responsible Service of Gaming” at the AHA Awards.
  • April 2015: The Northern Territory Government imposes a Community Benefit Levy on SKYCITY Darwin.
  • April 2015: ACES Sports Bar opened.
  • September 2014: Ticket-in-ticket-out introduced to the main gaming floor.
  • June 2014: Redevelopment of the SKY room for local VIPs completed and increased automated table gaming.
  • 2013: Introduction of new ‘Horizon’ International Business and new SKYROOM VIP gaming spaces and the Lotus bar.
  • 2012: SKYCITY Darwin’s new luxury 5 star lagoon resort opens.
  • 2011: Work commences on the new lagoon resort development.
  • 2010: SKYCITY Darwin wins Australian Tourism Award for Luxury Accommodation.
  • 2010: Works begins on transforming the Little Mindil site adjacent to the property.
  • 2009: SKYCITY Darwin’s premium restaurant Evoo named ‘Restaurant of the Year’ in the Northern Territory.
  • 2009: Sandbar opens as part of a A$30 million development.
  • 2008: Purchase of the adjacent Little Mindil site.
  • 2008: Casino celebrates its 25th anniversary.
  • 2007: Redevelopment of the existing complex begins.
  • 2007: Casino operator licence extended for a further 11 years.
  • 2004: SKYCITY purchases the Darwin Casino and Hotel from MGM Grand and the property is re-branded SKYCITY Darwin.
  • July 2015: SKYCITY announces that the Northern Territory Government’s gaming tax rate review for the SKYCITY Darwin has completed and new tax rates confirmed.
  • July 2015: Vue restaurant opened
  • June 2015: Soft refurbishment of the main gaming floor completed.
  • June 2015: SKYCITY Darwin named “Best Entertainment Venue – NT” at the AHA Awards.
  • June 2015: SKYCITY Darwin awarded “Minister’s Award for Responsible Service of Gaming” at the AHA Awards.
  • April 2015: The Northern Territory Government imposes a Community Benefit Levy on SKYCITY Darwin.
  • April 2015: ACES Sports Bar opened.
  • September 2014: Ticket-in-ticket-out introduced to the main gaming floor.
  • June 2014: Redevelopment of the SKY room for local VIPs completed and increased automated table gaming.
  • 2013: Introduction of new ‘Horizon’ International Business and new SKYROOM VIP gaming spaces and the Lotus bar.
  • 2012: SKYCITY Darwin’s new luxury 5 star lagoon resort opens.
  • 2011: Work commences on the new lagoon resort development.
  • 2010: SKYCITY Darwin wins Australian Tourism Award for Luxury Accommodation.
  • 2010: Works begins on transforming the Little Mindil site adjacent to the property.
  • 2009: SKYCITY Darwin’s premium restaurant Evoo named ‘Restaurant of the Year’ in the Northern Territory.
  • 2009: Sandbar opens as part of a A$30 million development.
  • 2008: Purchase of the adjacent Little Mindil site.
  • 2008: Casino celebrates its 25th anniversary.
  • 2007: Redevelopment of the existing complex begins.
  • 2007: Casino operator licence extended for a further 11 years.
  • 2004: SKYCITY purchases the Darwin Casino and Hotel from MGM Grand and the property is re-branded SKYCITY Darwin.

Hamilton

In June 2005, SKYCITY completed the acquisition of full ownership of SKYCITY Hamilton which opened in 2002. Previously, SKYCITY was a joint venture partner (70%) with Perry Developments Limited (30%). The Hamilton casino licence currently runs until September 2027.

SKYCITY Hamilton is currently authorised to operate 23 gaming tables and 339 gaming machines.

SKYCITY Hamilton History

  • December 2015: Five new restaurants and bars opened at the City Co-Op space in SKYCITY Hamilton’s beautifully restored Atrium space.
  • June 2015: SKYCITY announces its plan to develop an exciting food and beverage precinct in the central city.
  • June 2015: Successful investment in new gaming facilities, including development of contemporary premium gaming spaces.
  • December 2014: SKYCITY contributes NZ$450,000 to Hamilton community groups.
  • August: Four SKYCITY Hamilton chefs dominate the 2014 Waikato Culinary Fare with Benjamin Liu awarded 2014 Commis Chef of the Year.
  • April 2014: Michelle Baillie appointed General Manager.
  • 2012: SKYCITY considers development of new hotel in Hamilton, but ultimately decides not to proceed with the project.
  • 2011: Renovated Silk and Rebo restaurants open.
  • 2007: Rebo Restaurant and Bar opens.
  • 2007: Vue Bar opens.
  • 2006: Zone Sports Bar opens.
  • 2005: Riverside Entertainment Centre acquired.
  • 2005: Additional shares are purchased to achieve 100% ownership of the Hamilton complex.
  • 2002: Casino and entertainment complex opens.
  • December 2015: Five new restaurants and bars opened at the City Co-Op space in SKYCITY Hamilton’s beautifully restored Atrium space.
  • June 2015: SKYCITY announces its plan to develop an exciting food and beverage precinct in the central city.
  • June 2015: Successful investment in new gaming facilities, including development of contemporary premium gaming spaces.
  • December 2014: SKYCITY contributes NZ$450,000 to Hamilton community groups.
  • August: Four SKYCITY Hamilton chefs dominate the 2014 Waikato Culinary Fare with Benjamin Liu awarded 2014 Commis Chef of the Year.
  • April 2014: Michelle Baillie appointed General Manager.
  • 2012: SKYCITY considers development of new hotel in Hamilton, but ultimately decides not to proceed with the project.
  • 2011: Renovated Silk and Rebo restaurants open.
  • 2007: Rebo Restaurant and Bar opens.
  • 2007: Vue Bar opens.
  • 2006: Zone Sports Bar opens.
  • 2005: Riverside Entertainment Centre acquired.
  • 2005: Additional shares are purchased to achieve 100% ownership of the Hamilton complex.
  • 2002: Casino and entertainment complex opens.

Queenstown

In December 2012, SKYCITY acquired full ownership of Queenstown Casinos Limited. the venue licence holder for SKYCITY Queenstown Casino (which opened in 2002). Previously, SKYCITY was a joint venture partner (60%) with Skyline Enterprises Limited (40%). The Queenstown casino licence currently runs until December 2025. 

In June 2013, SKYCITY acquired Otago Casinos Limited from Lasseters (NZ) Limited.  Otago Casinos Limited holds the casino venue licence for the rebranded SKYCITY Wharf Casino, which opened in September 1999. The Wharf casino licence currently runs until September 2024.

SKYCITY Queenstown is authorised to operate 12 gaming tables and 86 gaming machines and SKYCITY Wharf Casino is authorised to operate 6 gaming tables and 74 gaming machines.

SKYCITY Queenstown History

  • March 2015: Jono Browne appointed General Manager. 
  • April 2014: Richard Callander appointed General Manager.
  • March 2014: Major interior refurbishments at both SKYCITY Wharf Casino and SKYCITY Queenstown Casino completed, including an extensive upgrade to the Queenstown ‘Horizon’ room for international VIP customers.
  • September 2013: More than 40 community organisations across the Queenstown Lakes district benefit from SKYCITY Queenstown Casino Community Trust grants totalling more than NZ$95,000.
  • July 2013: SKYCITY acquires Wharf Casino in Queenstown.
  • June 2013: SKYCITY sponsors New Zealand’s third annual Winter Games.
  • March 2013: SKYCITY brings back the Queenstown Winter Festival Ball.
  • 2012: SKYCITY sells its shareholding in Christchurch Casino and acquires full ownership of SKYCITY Queenstown. 
  • 2011: SKCYITY Queenstown hosts SKYCITY Snowfest alongside Pokerstars.Net. 
  • 2000: Casino and entertainment complex opens.
  • March 2015: Jono Browne appointed General Manager. 
  • April 2014: Richard Callander appointed General Manager.
  • March 2014: Major interior refurbishments at both SKYCITY Wharf Casino and SKYCITY Queenstown Casino completed, including an extensive upgrade to the Queenstown ‘Horizon’ room for international VIP customers.
  • September 2013: More than 40 community organisations across the Queenstown Lakes district benefit from SKYCITY Queenstown Casino Community Trust grants totalling more than NZ$95,000.
  • July 2013: SKYCITY acquires Wharf Casino in Queenstown.
  • June 2013: SKYCITY sponsors New Zealand’s third annual Winter Games.
  • March 2013: SKYCITY brings back the Queenstown Winter Festival Ball.
  • 2012: SKYCITY sells its shareholding in Christchurch Casino and acquires full ownership of SKYCITY Queenstown. 
  • 2011: SKCYITY Queenstown hosts SKYCITY Snowfest alongside Pokerstars.Net. 
  • 2000: Casino and entertainment complex opens.

THE NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE

The New Zealand international Convention Centre ("NZICC") will be the country's premier convention centre.

The New Zealand International Convention Centre will be the country’s premier convention centre. It is the first dedicated space to cater for more than 1,000 people, enabling New Zealand to attract major international conferences as well as having capability for sporting events, theatre and musical performances.

SKYCITY’s investment in Auckland totals more than NZ$700 million, which includes the NZICC facility, an adjacent laneway,  expansion of car parking facilities and  the development of a new 300 room, 5 star hotel. The project is expected to be completed in early-to-mid 2019.

There will be more than 1,000 jobs created during the construction phase and 1,140 jobs once the NZICC and Hobson St Hotel open, contributing to Auckland’s growth and reputation as a vibrant, internationally competitive city.