Sports groups fear impact of ‘sinking lid’ on pokies

first_imgNZ Herald 25 July 2013Pokie numbers in pubs and clubs across Auckland will drop under a new unified Super City policy, at least partly offsetting more pokies in the Sky City casino under the controversial convention centre deal.After a long process that began soon after the Super City was formed in 2010, the Auckland Council has adopted a uniform “sinking lid” in the region, banning new pokie venues and refusing to allow pokies to be relocated when existing outlets close.It has allowed only one exception – for clubs that merge. They will be allowed to keep five-sixths of the pokies they had at their previous venues, provided the merged site already has a pokie licence.Problem Gambling Foundation public health manager Tony Milne hailed the decision as “a victory for the people of Auckland”.But sports bodies that depend on pokie money were appalled.

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