Flick switch to off for this gambling venue

LETTER

We are absolutely over the moon with the decision of the District Licensing Committee to decline the renewal of the on-licence previously held by the Kaiti Sports Bar (previously Kaiti TAB).

This is a big gain for our community and shows what happens when we stand up for our values and for what we believe in, and we all work together. We are now reaping the rewards for our community.

In our view the financial operation showed significant non-tavern activities were the main source of income, and appeared to be the use to which the public put the venue; but this was only part of the bigger picture of a venue being in close proximity to the community and sensitive sites — schools, children/tamariki and whanau.

In our view the Kaiti Sports Bar operated not as a tavern, it operated as a gambling venue in breach of the Gambling Act 2003.

The money for all involved in a venue operation is huge and too much to walk away from. Our message is to flick the switch to off! And leave it there.

The current underlying on-licence expires on December 31, 2017 just in time for a new year and a new way of doing things here in Kaiti.

We would like to thank all our supporters, all the whanau who joined us in karakia over this issue, all the ones who came to the hearing and sat with us, and a huge congratulations to Ka Pai Kaiti trustees — it was awesome being alongside on the journey.

Lizz Crawford

Kaiwhakahaere/Manager, Te Ara Tika/ Tairawhiti Gambling Services

We are absolutely over the moon with the decision of the District Licensing Committee to decline the renewal of the on-licence previously held by the Kaiti Sports Bar (previously Kaiti TAB).

This is a big gain for our community and shows what happens when we stand up for our values and for what we believe in, and we all work together. We are now reaping the rewards for our community.

In our view the financial operation showed significant non-tavern activities were the main source of income, and appeared to be the use to which the public put the venue; but this was only part of the bigger picture of a venue being in close proximity to the community and sensitive sites — schools, children/tamariki and whanau.

In our view the Kaiti Sports Bar operated not as a tavern, it operated as a gambling venue in breach of the Gambling Act 2003.

The money for all involved in a venue operation is huge and too much to walk away from. Our message is to flick the switch to off! And leave it there.

The current underlying on-licence expires on December 31, 2017 just in time for a new year and a new way of doing things here in Kaiti.

We would like to thank all our supporters, all the whanau who joined us in karakia over this issue, all the ones who came to the hearing and sat with us, and a huge congratulations to Ka Pai Kaiti trustees — it was awesome being alongside on the journey.

Lizz Crawford

Kaiwhakahaere/Manager, Te Ara Tika/ Tairawhiti Gambling Services

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Mere P - 11 days ago
Well done - still more work to be done. Kia Kaha

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