Lo­cal cash, lo­cal cause

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The chair­man of Mana Com­mu­nity Grants Foun­da­tion (MCGF) is ask­ing peo­ple to boy­cott gam­ing ma­chines that do not al­lo­cate funds in Porirua, but one bar owner wants the record set straight.

Last year, MCGF put $2 mil­lion back into the Porirua com­mu­nity through grant ap­pli­ca­tions. It re­ceives its funds from ma­chines in The Mariner, Kelly’s Ir­ish Pub, Sand­bar Pub, The Skip­ping Bull and The Cab­bage Tree.

MCGF chair­man John Burke says they can gen­er­ally dis­trib­ute one dol­lar for ev­ery three dol­lars ap­plied for, but this may not be the case for foun­da­tions based out­side Porirua.

‘‘ There are other so­ci­eties run­ning other gam­ing lounges and they dif­fer from us in that the money gath­ered goes to a va­ri­ety of things out­side this city.

‘‘Many have ties to horse rac­ing clubs in Auck­land, for ex­am­ple.’’

Af­ter the clo­sure this year of Porirua bars The Rockz, North City Tav­ern and Clock­work Gold in Tawa, Mr Burke hoped new own­ers might align them­selves with MCGF.

If not, he says, ‘‘ the time may have come for us ask the pa­trons of these gam­ing lounges to boy­cott those that do not dis­trib­ute their pro­ceeds lo­cally’’.

The Rockz’ new owner, who did not want to be named, con­firmed he had not signed up with MCGF, which he says ‘‘needs to learn to com­pete’’.

‘‘At the end of the day Mr Burke is say­ing this be­cause of his own in­ter­ests [in MCGF]. I’ve had an as­sur­ance [from the foun­da­tion that will put in ma­chines at The Rockz] that all their pro­ceeds will be dis­trib­uted here. That was one big ques­tion I had for them. I don’t have time for har­ness-rac­ing clubs.’’

Mr Burke says the pubs cur­rently up for sale are a good op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal peo­ple to in­vest and MCGF will cer­tainly look to speak to new own­ers where pos­si­ble about putting in their ma­chines.

The Rockz’ new owner said he had been a Porirua res­i­dent for a num­ber of years, and surely ‘‘lo­cal pubs be­ing bought by lo­cal peo­ple’’ was a good thing.

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