The Class 4 Gambling (Pokie) Venue Policy is being developed for Auckland Council to replace the policies of the seven legacy Territorial Local Authorities.
Tony Milne, National Manager of Public Health at the Problem Gambling Foundation, says in just six weeks the community coalition has collected more than 7000 submissions in favour of a ‘sinking lid’ on pokies for Auckland.
“This is the largest number of submissions ever submitted in favour of a “sinking lid” on pokies,” he says.
“The thousands of submissions send a powerful message to the Auckland Council that 4,059 pokie machines in pubs and clubs and 1647 in SkyCity Casino is more than enough for Auckland and Aucklanders don’t want any more.”
The ‘No More Pokies Auckland’ campaign, endorsed by more than 20 organisations, was launched on 18 January with the aim to encourage people to ‘say no to more pokies’ and ‘choose a sinking lid’ while Auckland Council consults on its gambling venue policy.