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174 days ago

Last chance to have your say on pokies in Hamilton today!

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Hamilton City Council is seeking feedback on its proposed Class 4 Gambling Venue Policy (pokies in pubs and clubs).

The Council is proposing a ‘gold standard’ policy that will lead New Zealand in gambling harm reduction: a sinking lid policy with no relocations or club mergers.

This means, … View more
Hamilton City Council is seeking feedback on its proposed Class 4 Gambling Venue Policy (pokies in pubs and clubs).

The Council is proposing a ‘gold standard’ policy that will lead New Zealand in gambling harm reduction: a sinking lid policy with no relocations or club mergers.

This means, for example, if a bar or club had to close for some reason, they could not move
the pokies to another site and if two clubs wanted to merge, they wouldn’t be permitted to.

The Council’s current policy is a sinking lid, but it does allow for relocations and club mergers meaning although no new pokie
machine licenses can be issued, machines can be relocated, and two clubs can merge to have a maximum of 18 machines.

The Hamilton City Council are calling on you to have your say.
Submissions close on Monday 17 June 2019.

Visit the Hamilton City Council website to have your say!
haveyoursay.hamilton.govt.nz...

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180 days ago

Hamilton City Council raises the bar with proposed “gold standard” pokies policy

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The Problem Gambling Foundation (PGF) applauds Hamilton City Council on its proposed pokies policy and urges Hamiltonians to have their say.

The Council is currently reviewing its Class 4 (pokies in pubs and clubs) gambling venue policy and is proposing a sinking lid policy, but it is … View more
The Problem Gambling Foundation (PGF) applauds Hamilton City Council on its proposed pokies policy and urges Hamiltonians to have their say.

The Council is currently reviewing its Class 4 (pokies in pubs and clubs) gambling venue policy and is proposing a sinking lid policy, but it is strengthened by not allowing any relocations or venue mergers.

Andrée Froude, PGF spokesperson, says the Council’s proposal is the gold standard of pokie policies.

“The Council’s two policy options are sinking lid policies meaning no new pokies will be permitted at a Class 4 venue, but the proposed policy will not permit a venue to relocate with its pokies to another site, or permit clubs with pokies to merge,” she said.

In 2018 Hamilton City lost nearly $25 million in the 424 pokies located in the 28 pubs and clubs in the City. Fifteen of the 28 pokie venues are located in areas with a “very high” deprivation rating.

The amount that went back into the City in the form of grants from pokie trusts between January 2018 and March 2019 was approximately $7.2 million.

Andrée Froude said with SkyCity Hamilton Casino’s application to deploy 60 additional pokie machines in substitution for three BlackJack tables currently before the Gambling Commission, the need for a strong and effective policy on pokies in Hamilton pubs and clubs is vital.

“The Council has signalled its stance on pokies by proposing a strong sinking lid policy for pokies in pubs and clubs and for its opposition to SkyCity’s moves to increase the number of pokies in its casino,” she said.

“Although casino pokies are outside the scope of the Council’s gambling policy review, the Council has given a strong message that it doesn’t want any more pokies in Hamilton City.”

“Sinking lid policies don’t go far enough, but it is the best policy we have available to gradually reduce the numbers of these addictive machines in our communities. Hamilton City Council have raised the bar with its proposed policy, and we hope other councils around the country will do the same.”

Have your say on Hamilton City Council’s gambling policy review. Submissions close 17 June 2019.

haveyoursay.hamilton.govt.nz...

If you, or anyone close to you, has a gambling problem, free and confidential help and support is available www.pgf.nz...

206 days ago

Poll: SKYCITY Hamilton Casino want to add 60 additional pokie machines to the casino, in substitution they are proposing to remove three Black Jack tables. Do you think the proposed changes will increase gambling harm?

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Have your say by 17 May 2019!!

SKYCITY Hamilton Casino have made an application to the Gambling Commission requesting changes to their casino licence conditions. They want to add 60 additional gaming (pokie) machines to the casino, increasing the number of machines from 339 to 399. In substitution… View more
Have your say by 17 May 2019!!

SKYCITY Hamilton Casino have made an application to the Gambling Commission requesting changes to their casino licence conditions. They want to add 60 additional gaming (pokie) machines to the casino, increasing the number of machines from 339 to 399. In substitution they are proposing to remove three of their Black Jack tables.

The Gambling Commission are calling for you to have your say!
Written submissions are due by 17 May 2019.

To make a submission go to: www.pgf.nz...

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SKYCITY Hamilton Casino want to add 60 additional pokie machines to the casino, in substitution they are proposing to remove three Black Jack tables. Do you think the proposed changes will increase gambling harm?
  • 45.5% Yes
    45.5% Complete
  • 54.5% No
    54.5% Complete
33 votes
208 days ago

SKYCITY Hamilton Casino's application for more pokies - Have Your Say!

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Make sure you have your say on the SKYCITY Hamilton Casino's application to add 60 more pokie machines to the casino. Submissions are due by this Friday 17 May 2019.

For more information and to make an online submission visit: www.pgf.nz...

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215 days ago

Does Hamilton need any more pokies?

The Team from PGF Services - Hamilton

SKYCITY Hamilton Casino have made an application to the Gambling Commission requesting changes to their casino licence conditions.

SKYCITY Hamilton Casino want to add 60 additional gaming (pokie) machines to the casino, increasing the number of machines from 339 to 399. In substitution they are … View more
SKYCITY Hamilton Casino have made an application to the Gambling Commission requesting changes to their casino licence conditions.

SKYCITY Hamilton Casino want to add 60 additional gaming (pokie) machines to the casino, increasing the number of machines from 339 to 399. In substitution they are proposing to remove three of their Black Jack tables.

Pokies are the most harmul form of gambling. There are already 424 pokies in pubs and clubs in Hamilton City. Does Hamilton need any more pokies?

The Gambling Commission are calling for you to have your say! Written submissions are due by 17 May 2019. For more information, or to have your say visit: www.pgf.nz...

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