Be kind, toughen up on gambling

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Re: Decrease in pokies but increase in spending, December 5 story.

The community needs to be involved in the gambling workshop at Gisborne District Council early next year. There are too many complexities to work through — it is better to include community, local services and agencies that have been working in harm minimisation, and not leave it up to chance, good luck and hoping the policy works . . . as we tend to take longer than three years to review it.

It is noted that the gambling licences of Kaiti Club Hotel and New Zealand Community Trust may not have been cancelled by the Department of Internal Affairs as yet, and one really must ask “Why not?” The main activity was no longer available when the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority declared that the on-licence of Kaiti Club Hotel would expire in September 2018. The licensing for all gambling at that venue should have been cancelled and revoked.

While the Kaiti Sportsbar no longer exists, the company behind the premises does. The society cannot make distributions from that venue’s banking under legislation, which is another let down; it is futile to attempt to keep that licensing active when a relocation request was also withdrawn from the society.

Councillors need to ask the Department of Internal Affairs what the gross proceeds are per venue and then compare that with the net proceeds figure per venue — not the melting pot figure we get fed at the end of the year. The gross proceeds is really what matters, and this is not reported in a meaningful way.

The loss-per-head figure is inaccurate as it uses population figures of everyone 18 years and over. A more accurate depiction would be to use the Pareto rule — 80 percent of net proceeds harm that is caused by 20 percent of the population over the age of 18 years.

The relocation clause should not have made it into the Gambling Venue Policy 2015, a matter before Local Government New Zealand.

Finally, why would spending go up when machine numbers go down? The lid is not sinking fast enough. We need to tighten our policy and stop issuing consents that exist in perpetuity for generations of those most harmed, who may be suffering health deficits for unborn generations.

Let’s be kind to our communities by making it tougher to take advantage of our whanau here in Tairawhiti through pokies and other harmful forms of gambling.

Lizz Crawford is the former manager of Te Ara Tika Tairawhiti Gambling Services.

Re: Decrease in pokies but increase in spending, December 5 story.

The community needs to be involved in the gambling workshop at Gisborne District Council early next year. There are too many complexities to work through — it is better to include community, local services and agencies that have been working in harm minimisation, and not leave it up to chance, good luck and hoping the policy works . . . as we tend to take longer than three years to review it.

It is noted that the gambling licences of Kaiti Club Hotel and New Zealand Community Trust may not have been cancelled by the Department of Internal Affairs as yet, and one really must ask “Why not?” The main activity was no longer available when the Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority declared that the on-licence of Kaiti Club Hotel would expire in September 2018. The licensing for all gambling at that venue should have been cancelled and revoked.

While the Kaiti Sportsbar no longer exists, the company behind the premises does. The society cannot make distributions from that venue’s banking under legislation, which is another let down; it is futile to attempt to keep that licensing active when a relocation request was also withdrawn from the society.

Councillors need to ask the Department of Internal Affairs what the gross proceeds are per venue and then compare that with the net proceeds figure per venue — not the melting pot figure we get fed at the end of the year. The gross proceeds is really what matters, and this is not reported in a meaningful way.

The loss-per-head figure is inaccurate as it uses population figures of everyone 18 years and over. A more accurate depiction would be to use the Pareto rule — 80 percent of net proceeds harm that is caused by 20 percent of the population over the age of 18 years.

The relocation clause should not have made it into the Gambling Venue Policy 2015, a matter before Local Government New Zealand.

Finally, why would spending go up when machine numbers go down? The lid is not sinking fast enough. We need to tighten our policy and stop issuing consents that exist in perpetuity for generations of those most harmed, who may be suffering health deficits for unborn generations.

Let’s be kind to our communities by making it tougher to take advantage of our whanau here in Tairawhiti through pokies and other harmful forms of gambling.

Lizz Crawford is the former manager of Te Ara Tika Tairawhiti Gambling Services.

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Tuta - 3 months ago
Yes, totally agree to involve groups outside of council - makes a lot of sense considering community activism has had a major impact on gambling harm here. Also, all who are involved in the workshop process need to declare any conflicts they may have.