We’d like to hear your thoughts on Class 4 Gaming Machines (or pokies) usually located inside pubs or clubs rather than traditional gambling venues like casinos. Although we recognise gambling as a legitimate form of entertainment, we must assess the social impacts of Class 4 Gaming on our community.
As a part of this assessment and our obligations under the Gambling Act 2003, Porirua City Council is reviewing its Class 4 Gaming Machines and TAB Venues Policy.
You can read our current Class 4 Gaming Machine Venue and TAB Venue Policy 2019 here.
Our recent social impact assessment to help inform community submissions and councillor decisions, can be found here
Porirua City Council is seeking feedback from the community on the proposed alternative options for our Class 4 Gaming Machines and TAB venues policy included below.
These options were developed using evidence from the social impact assessment and from discussions held with representatives from Ngāti Toa, the Department of Internal Affairs, Problem Gambling Foundation NZ, Gaming Machines Association NZ and Mapu Maia.
Policy options include:
More restrictions on Class 4 gaming machines
What this means:
The revised policy will see more restrictions placed around what actions venues can take in the future. This includes the inability to relocate to a new location within Porirua City with their gaming machines and/or merge and combine or increase the number of gaming machines.
It also means that if a Class 4 Gaming venue is closed for over six months, it cannot be re‑opened by another operator. This approach means that over time, the number of Class 4 Gaming venues and gaming machines are likely to continue decreasing.
No changes to current policy
What this means:
The policy would remain as it is and relocation/merge abilities would remain for current venues. It’s important to note that if the policy was to remain unchanged, a consequential amendment is needed due to zone changes made in the Proposed District Plan. The change, if required, will remove reference to the district plan and include a bespoke map that will identify the specific approved locations for Class 4 Gaming venues to reside and relocate.
Porirua City Council could make an ethical commitment to not apply for grant funding from the proceeds of gaming machines
What this means:
This option includes an ethical commitment by Porirua City Council to not apply for grant funding from the proceeds of gaming machines.
The purpose of this option is to demonstrate to our communities in Porirua that Council is committed to taking a wellbeing approach to minimising harm caused by Class 4 Gaming, especially to our most vulnerable communities. We are willing to no longer apply for funding that is provided through Corporate Societies from the proceeds of Class 4 Gaming.
Evidence shows that this money is currently being taken from some of our most vulnerable communities and is not equitably returned or distributed to these communities.
Council applies for pokies grant funding each year to support the following activities:
This option will have a financial impact for Council and our communities that attend these events
What this means:
Council will need to consider additional funding sources to maintain these activities including whether this would be through an increase in rates. If we were to cover the impacted activities through rates, this is estimated to be around $211,656  or as a percentage rates increase it would be 0.22% increase per year .
See the Statement of Proposal for more information on the ethical commitment.
 These figures are intended to provide an estimate of the financial costs required to cover these events and services in the future. The figures are based on what has been received between 2020-2022 for each event or service and may not reflect the actual amount that would be applied for or received in the future. Council will need to consider additional funding sources to maintain these activities, including through an increase in rates.
 For reference: a 1% rates increase is equivalent to approximately $950,000.
|08 September 2023||Submissions open|
|14 September 2023||Drop in City Hub, 7 Serlby Place, 11:30am - 1:30pm|
|18 September 2023||Drop in City Hub, 7 Serlby Place, 11:30am - 1:30pm|
|01 October 2023||Drop in Pataka Spine, 17 Parumoana Street, 11:00am - 1:00pm|
|08 October 2023||Submissions close|
|19 October 2023||Submitters present to Te Puna Kōrero (if required)|
|02 November 2023||Te Puna Kōrero Committee deliberates, and policy agreed|
|30 November 2023||Class 4 Gaming Machines and TAB Venues Policy 2023 adopted|
Write to us
If you don’t have access to a computer, please call our contact centre on 04 237 5089 to request that a hardcopy be posted out to you.
Submissions close 8 October 2023.
The hearing will be held on 19 October 2023 (if required).
If you have any questions, or would like a little more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, with "Class 4 Gaming Machines and TAB Venues Policy Review” in the subject line.
To support our drive to be as transparent as possible all submissions will be publicly available but without your contact details. If you don’t want your name made public please tick “Withhold my details” on the submission form. Please note you won’t be able to withhold your name if you choose to speak at the hearing or if you are representing an organisation.