South Waikato News - - Your Local News - Daniel Hutchin­son

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.

More than $7 mil­lion per year is lost by Toko­roa peo­ple in slot ma­chines each year - the fifth worst record per capita in New Zealand. NEWS DI­REC­TOR: Daniel Hutchin­son, daniel.hutchin­son@fair­fax­me­; 027 809 6854. SE­NIOR RE­PORTER: Luke Kirkeby, 027 204 2913, luke.kirkeby@fair­fax­me­ SALES MAN­AGER: An­to­nio Ganz, 027 204 2920, an­to­nio.ganz@fair­fax­me­ SE­NIOR SALES CON­SUL­TANT: Matt Holmes, 027 807 4632, matt.holmes@fair­fax­me­, CLAS­SI­FIEDS: 0800 800 373 swn@fair­fax­me­ or Lynda 07 888 7011, MISSED DE­LIV­ERY: 0800 339 000, DIG­I­TAL EDI­TION: south­waika­ FACE­BOOK: face­­waika­tonews. DIS­PLAY AD DEAD­LINES: 4pm Thurs­day. AD­DRESS: 45 Heuheu St, Taupo or PO Box 205, Taupo

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