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Gambling Policy Summary

Denise Roche MP
Denise Roche MP
denise [dot] roche [at] parliament [dot] govt [dot] nz (Email)
Read the Gambling Policy.


The proliferation of gaming opportunities and the associated increase in spending by New Zealanders on gambling is socially and economically unsustainable.

Social justice is threatened as gambling effectively takes money predominantly from those who can least afford it, and redistributes it in a way that is unfair and inequitable.

Democracy is threatened when communities have casinos imposed on them, despite people's objections.

Healthy communities are threatened when people from families that are already struggling to survive get caught up in the detrimental effects of gambling.

Policy Highlights

  • Conduct a comprehensive study on the social, economic and environmental effects of the gaming industry.
  • Monitor the impacts of gambling, supported by an independent research programme.
  • Establish an independent regulator to oversee the entire gaming industry.
  • Support the government moratorium on issuing new casino venue licences.
  • Support the right of communities to hold binding referenda about the future of casinos when their licences come up for renewal.
  • No advertising or promotion of internet and interactive TV gambling.
  • Impose a levy on gaming turnover to be paid to independent problem gambling support services.
  • Genuine consultation with local residents before new gambling venues are established in their neighbourhood (or changes to existing gambling venues made).
  • Give local government the power to reduce or phase out the number of pub gaming machines in their area after appropriate consultation and impact assessments, and ultimately legislate to eliminate pub gaming machines.
  • Mitigate the impact of ending pub pokie grants to community and voluntary sector organisations by establishing a special transitional fund of $150 million
  • Provide more education about the risks of gambling so people can make informed decisions.
  • Review gambling advertising standards, particularly their impact on children.
  • A fair and transparent process for distributing gaming proceeds.
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