Should pokie machines be outlawed?
A city councillor has put forward a policy to ban new permits for pokie machines in Wellington City.
Councillor Tamatha Paul, representing the Lambton Ward, is pushing for a 'sinking lid' policy to all but cease new permits for pokie machines in the city. The motion has widespread support across the council table and is set to pass this Thursday.
New Zealanders lost $939 million in pokie machines in 2019 and $241m of that was paid out to community and sports groups. Between 30 and 60 per cent of money going into pokie machines was from problem gamblers and much of that came from low socio-economic communities, a paper by the Problem Gambling Foundation said.
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Delivery of the new rubbish and recycling bins has started!. The new bins will be delivered in waves, based on the day of the week your recycling is currently collected. So if you normally put your recycling crate out to be collected on Monday, your new bins could be delivered anytime from early May.
Tuesday: Mid May
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When you receive your new bins, remember not to put them out until the new service kicks off from 1 July. Your glass recycling crate may be delivered inside one of the 240L bins.
Our crews are in Lower Hutt to reduce the pollution of our waterways by inspecting pipes in your area.
They are looking for three things:
• Direct or indirect connection of stormwater to wastewater.
• Leaking of wastewater into stormwater or directly into waterways.
• A connection of wastewater to stormwater.
To find out more visit: www.wellingtonwater.co.nz/ knowing-your-pipes
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