Porirua City Council

Have your say on pokies in Porirua

What is happening?

Porirua City Council is currently reviewing its Class 4 gambling venues policy. The Council is receiving submissions on its proposed policy until 8 October 2023.

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

What is the council proposing?

Porirua City District Council have established three options for review:

Option 1 – Adopting a sinking lid that does not allow for venue relocations or transfers;

Option 2 – Keep the status quo;

Option 3 – PCC to make an ethical commitment to not apply for grant funding from the proceeds of gaming machines.

The Council has indicated that their preferred option is have a more restrictive policy (as detailed in option 1) in addition to Council having an ethical commitment (as detailed in option 3).

What do we think?

Porirua City Council current Policy has a sinking lid, prohibiting any new machines in the district.

We support the Council’s preferred option 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.

Porirua Pokie Stats

According to the Department of Internal Affairs, as at 31 December 2022, around $14.9 million was lost on pokies in Porirua.

At the end of December 2022, there were 156 pokie machines located across the 10 Class 4 gambling venues in Porirua.

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