Sink­ing lid pol­icy is es­sen­tial

Central Leader - - News -

The Auck­land City Coun­cil has opened the door for sub­mis­sions on their gam­bling venue pol­icy.

Cur­rently Auck­land has a sink­ing lid pol­icy, which means if a venue closes no one can step in and take over the run­ning of the ma­chines, and hope­fully this will re­main be­cause less pok­ies equals less harm.

How­ever, there is pres­sure from the gam­bling in­dus­try to change some of the pol­icy to al­low new venues in some cases.

As Auck­land city has a large amount of pok­ies – 1647 in SkyC­ity – and SkyC­ity sits out­side the power of the Auck­land City Coun­cil – Ha­pai Te Hauora Ta­pui, Maori Pub­lic Health feel that Auck­land has more than enough and al­low­ing any more av­enues to es­tab­lish un­der any new con­di­tions would be detri­men­tal to the health and well­be­ing of our com­mu­nity.

Out­side SkyC­ity the Auck­land city com­mu­nity has an­other 1469 in bars and pubs – in to­tal that is 3116 pokie ma­chines.

Keep­ing a sink­ing lid to keep min­imis­ing gam­bling harm for our whanau is es­sen­tial – and a po­si­tion that many peo­ple sup­port.

In Waitakere 95 per­cent of the 4500 sub­mis­sions sup­ported a sink­ing lid.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could get the whole of the Auck­land re­gion fol­low­ing Manukau City Coun­cil and Waitakere City Coun­cil’s proac­tive stance against a in­dus­try that cre­ates so much harm in our com­mu­ni­ties?

Tau Henare just wrote a great let­ter in sup­port of the Waitakere City Coun­cil’s sink­ing lid pol­icy – and his mes­sage was clear: “We need to look at other op­tions for com­mu­nity fund­ing”.

ZOE HAWKE Kai­whaka­haere/Man­ager

Prob­lem Gam­bling Ha­pai Te Hauora Ta­pui, Maori

Pub­lic Health

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