Make Submissions to The NZ Gambling Review

Community funding has been a big issue in the pokie community for years. Lawmakers have been concerned about the sustainability of using poker machine profits to fund various community initiatives, as there has been a decline in Class 4 Gambling expenditure since the Gambling Act was introduced in 2003.

There are many different objectives for the review, and the Department of Internal Affairs is eager to find out what the public has to say about:

  • the long-term sustainability and effective allocation of funding to communities without driving a growth in gambling
  • whether the legislation is still fit-for-purpose
  • whether the sector can be regulated more cost-effectively
  • preventing and minimising harm from gambling

Poker machine profits are used to fund a wide range of community initiatives from sports programs to arts projects. Gaming machines serve a valuable purpose, but Kiwis are spending less and less on these kinds of games, which has caused a decline in funding. As such, community leaders are looking for ways to improve the way in which pokie profits are distributed in order to benefit programs that rely on grant funding. This review is a way of allowing local community members to weigh in.

“The class 4 sector is a valuable source of community funding, and we will be looking at proposals to future-proof that funding,” says Pete Dunne, Internal Affairs Minister. “This discussion document is an opportunity for the community to let the Government know what they think are the challenges faced by the sector, and how to ensure that we get the maximum benefit from class 4 gambling, without growing gambling and minimising harm”, said Mr Dunne.

Anyone in New Zealand can make a submission, and the deadline to do so is August 12, 2016. You can email your submission to gamblingreview@dia.govt.nz or send it in by post to:

Safer Communities Team
Policy Group
Department of Internal Affairs
PO Box 805
Wellington 6140

Are the discussion document closes, the submissions will be made analysed by officials and key stakeholders, such as clubs, commercial venues and problem gambling service providers. The review could result in changes to the Gambling Act 2003, but it is still too soon to tell how big of an impact it will have on New Zealand gambling laws.

 

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