Sinking Lid for Pokies
Conor Hill announces plan to reduce the number of pokies in Wellington City
Conor Hill today announced his plan to reduce the harm caused to people by problem gambling in Wellington. Hill wants to see Wellington adopt a sinking lid policy for pokie machines. He wants to see no new pokie machines in any venues, no relocations of pokie machines, and no mergers of venues with pokies. It's a position the Problem Gambling Foundation took in it's submission to Porirua's gambing venues policy.
Hill said "It's important Wellington does what it can to reduce the harm caused by problem gambling. Wellington is currently behind the curve when it comes to it's pokies policy. 20 other councils already have sinking lid policies. On Wednesday Porirua adopted a sinking lid policy, and it's time Wellington shifted in the right direction. It's embarrassing for this city to be shown up by Auckland, Christchurch, and now Porirua."
Hill also called out Wellington's slow review of it's current policy. Under the Gambling Act 2003, councils are supposed to review their pokies policy every 3 years, yet Wellington's gaming policy is now 4 years old. Hill said "Why does our council not care about the harm done to problem gamblers and their families? It's yet another area where the council is stuck in stasis, unable to move in the right direction. As mayor I will be moving as quickly as possible to adopt a sinking lid policy for pokies, to reduce the harm caused to people through pokies machines."
The minutes for the 21st of August Porirua Council meeting can be found here. At this meeting Porirua adopted a sinking lid policy.