Napier City Council

Have your say on pokies in Napier.

Napier City Council is currently reviewing its gambling venues policy, and is receiving submissions on its proposal until 12 noon on Wednesday 17 February.

What is the Council proposing?

Napier City Council is proposing to lower the overall cap on machines and to limit machine numbers in high deprivation areas.

What do we think?

PGF Group is recommending that the Council introduces a comprehensive sinking lid policy, with no relocations of class 4 machines or club mergers permitted. This 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.

You can download Napier City Council's full policy proposal here.

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.

Napier Pokie Stats

In 2019, over $20 million was lost on pokies in Napier alone.

At the end of 2019, there were 298 pokie machines between the 20 Class 4 gambling venues in Napier. Since then, 2 more machines have been added to increase the total number of machines to 300.

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