Dunedin City Council

Have your say on pokies in Dunedin.

Dunedin City Council is currently reviewing its gambling venues policy, and is receiving submissions on its proposal until 5pm on Friday 26 February.

What do we think?

The Dunedin City Council currently has a sinking lid on pokies, and we are encouraging the Council to retain this policy and prohibit relocations or club mergers.

A sinking lid is the best policy to control the growth of gambling and minimise harm.

Twenty three of the 67 TLAs around New Zealand have already introduced sinking lid policies. This is partly driven by strong public opinion about harm and partly TLA’s concern to promote community wellbeing. This is consistent with the purpose of the Gambling Act 2003 and section 4 where the definition of gambling harm includes harm to society at large.

Have your say using the Council's online submission form here.

Our Recommendations on Pokie Policy

PGF Group recommends that Gambling Venue policies should include the following three provisions:

  1. A ban on any new venues. No permit will be given to operate any new venue or club in the council area if that venue proposes having pokies - including TAB venues.
  2. No relocations. If a venue with pokie machines is forced to close or voluntarily closes, the council will not permit the pokies to be relocated to any venue within the council area.
  3. No club mergers. There will be no merging of club pokies under any circumstances.

Dunedin Pokie Stats

In 2019, over $18 million was lost on pokies in Dunedin alone.

At the end of 2019, there were 389 pokie machines between the 28 Class 4 gambling venues in Dunedin, with 18 of those venues located in medium-high or high deprivation areas.

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