New Zealand’s Whakatane District has introduced a new draft gambling policy that is designed to control the significant growth of the industry. The policy recommends putting caps on pokies at 141. The gambling policy is set for a review every three years. As the last policy was reviewed in 2016, now is the time for making amendments. The Whakatane District Council is looking forward to the public consultation on this policy in correspondence with the 2019/20 Annual Plan.
The Council’s Policy Committee received a report recommending a proposed policy on gambling last week. Public submissions on the draft policy began on March 25 other people have time till April 29, 2019, to submit their reviews. A public hearing on the matter will be held on May 29. The new gambling policy all so intends to include gamboling related harm and problem gambling to its purview. It also seeks to ensure that children experience limited exposure to gambling in the district. The public consultation will make the policy more community-inclusive.
The committee is chaired by Deputy mayor what do you turn a coma Set to expire later in 2019 she said that this is why the policy needs to be repaired and replaced under the provisions of the Gambling Act 2003 and the Racing Act 2003. Turner noted that the district currently has 179 poker machines in 12 when you. 4 years ago, the 197 pokies Situated in 14 venues, so the number has gone down. She announced that the newly proposed policy would follow the “sinking lid” approach under which all gambling machine and venue applications would be rejected automatically, and the district will try to reach the maximum target of 141 pokies.
A new report from the committee suggests that the people of the Whakatane district have spent close to NZ$10 million in gambling in the 2017/18 period. On the other hand, the four gaming trusts operating in the district have only spent NZ$2.47 million for making contributions to the local community. Turned also quoted a Ministry of Health assessment which suggests that the district is facing high risks of gambling-related harm due to the high level of deprivation in some areas. However, she also said that the density of pokies is low because of which the overall risk is classified as ‘medium.’
The classification had not changed since 2016 when the existing policy came to force. As there is no census data that could confirm an increase in gambling harm, the Policy Committee of the Council is adopting a ‘status quo’ approach for the next three years.