FROM THE EDITOR
The new combined clubs development for Tokoroa [featured on p1] is a sign of the times and a bit old fashioned at the same time.
It is a sign of the times because many clubs are finding it just makes sense to combine, for various reasons, most of which relate to money or convenience.
And it is a bit old fashioned because pokie machines still fuel our clubs and charities, whilst simultaneously destroying lives.
Until these machines are disentangled from the ‘‘good’’ they do in the form of funding our social sector, there will continue to be a perverse incentive to insert them in the paths of people wherever they go for a drink or to have a good time.
Most communities are actively taking steps to gradually remove these machines from society. Although it is a small increase, it just seems like an odd move in a town like Tokoroa.
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