Sinking lid policy is essential
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