Fire at convention centre that is still under construction sends thick smoke across New Zealand’s largest city

A massive fire at a convention centre building sitein Auckland was still spewing thick smoke across New Zealand’s largest city on Wednesday, 24 hours after it started.

The fire had prompted an evacuation of SkyCity Entertainment Group’s entire complex, including hotels, casinos and restaurants when it erupted around lunchtime on Tuesday. “We’re hopeful the fire will be contained by tonight,” Graeme Stephens, SkyCity’s chief executive, told a news conference.

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