The new $703 million NZ International Convention Centre is said to be a world-first because unlike similar giants in other cities around the world, the huge new convention centre here will be open on all sides.

John Coop, principal of Warren and Mahoney which was one of the architects, says: "This will be the first convention centre in the world with no back door - open on all four sides to the street and the city that surrounds its highly urban site, presenting an open face to all who approach."

But developer/owner SkyCity Entertainment Group says it will be much

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