Aucklanders say what they think about gambling
Aucklanders have made their feelings on gambling clear.
Nearly 10,000 submissions have been received on the Auckland Council’s proposed policies on TAB and pokie venues.
Submissions closed last Friday.
Many different groups and individuals including sports clubs, community groups, antigambling organisations and gaming trusts submitted on the policies which will determine one set of rules for the city, cap TAB venues and implement a ‘‘sinking lid’’ across the city for pokies.
Council social and community development forum chairwoman Cathy Casey says it is heartening to see so much public input into gambling laws.
‘‘We identified the need to minimise gambling-related harm in the Auckland Plan,’’ she says.
‘‘These two policies are a way we can achieve that. It is clear from the number of submissions that our communities care very much about gambling in Auckland.’’
Public hearings will be held in the next few months and the new policies adopted soon after.