Kāpiti Coast District Council

Have your say on pokies on the Kāpiti Coast.

What is happening?

Kāpiti Coast District Council is currently reviewing its Class 4 gambling venues policy. The Council is receiving submissions on its proposed policy until 2 October 2023.

You can provide your feedback to the Council by clicking here.

What is the council proposing?

Kāpiti Coast District Council have established three options for review:

Option 1 – Keep the status quo

Option 2 – Lowering the cap on pokie numbers

Option 3 – Adopting a sinking lid that does not allow for venue relocations

The Council has indicated that their preferred option is adopting a sinking lid (Option 3).

What do we think?

Kāpiti Coast District Council currently has a district wide cap of 228 machines as well as a sinking lid approach for the Ōtaki Ward only.

We support the Council’s preferred option of adopting a sinking lid policy with no venue relocations allowed. A sinking lid is the best policy to control the growth of gambling and minimise harm.

While this is a step in the right direction, we are also encouraging the Council to adopt a ‘gold standard’ sinking lid that does not allow for relocations or club mergers.

33 of the 65 councils around New Zealand have already introduced sinking lid policies. This is partly driven by strong public opinion about harm and local councils’ commitment 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.

Our recommendations on pokie policies

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.

Kāpiti Coast Pokie Stats

According to the Department of Internal Affairs, as at 31 December 2022, around $10.4 million was lost on pokies on the Kāpiti Coast during the year.

At the end of December 2022, there were 184 pokie machines located across the 11 Class 4 gambling venues on the Kāpiti Coast.

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