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In 2014, Family First asked politicians, will you SUPPORT or OPPOSE a nationwide ‘sinking lid’ (a progressive reduction) policy on gaming machines? Only three centre right parties clearly supported a ‘sinking lid’ and they were NZ First, Conservative Party and United Future.(more)
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 Electronic gambling machines (pokies) venues tend to be overly represented in lower income communities and town centres. Māori and Pasifika populations are effectively being disproportionately targeted and often severely harmed by them.(more)
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 The harm generated by pokies in terms of poverty, relationship break-up, depression, domestic violence, crime, neglected children, and the greatest losses by gamblers from pokie machines tend also to be drawn disproportionately from Māori, Pasifika, and lower income communities and families.(more)
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Family First wanted The GAMBLING (GAMBLING HARM REDUCTION) AMENDMENT BILL to enable local authorities in consultation with their communities to reduce the number of pokie machines in their districts, determine where pokie machines may be sited and how the proceeds can be distributed.(more)
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 Give gamblers more ability to limit and control their own gambling behaviour through player tracking devices and pre-commit cards.(more)
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 Require the distribution of proceeds to be carried out primarily for the benefit of community organisations operating within the geographic community in which the venue is located.(more)
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 While we acknowledge that the community benefits from the grants made by Gambling Trusts, the social costs and net losses of participants well exceeds the community gains. Vulnerable families should not be sacrificed simply because charitable organisations need funding.(more)
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  Significant risk factors include being between 25-34, Maori or Pacific ethnicity, lower educational attainment, being employed and living alone. Health Ministry figures show 36% of clients of problem gambling services last year were Maori, more than twice their 15% share of the population.(more)

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COMMENTARY-The GAMBLING (GAMBLING HARM REDUCTION) AMENDMENT BILL

Source: Family First 

This issue was raised in 2012 with is a private member’s bill in the name of Maori MP Te Ururoa Flavell.
Please note: this bill applies to pokies in suburbs and towns – not casinos. That’s a separate issue 🙂

Purpose
The aim of this Bill is to enable “local authorities, in consultation with their communities, to reduce the number of, or even eliminate, pokies from those suburbs and towns where they are particularly concentrated or doing particular harm”. The Bill also changes the responsibility for distributing pokie funds and “proposes to give gamblers more ability to limit and control their own gambling behaviour through player tracking and pre-commit cards”.

Background
“Electronic gambling machines (pokies) venues tend to be overly represented in lower income communities and town centres. Māori and Pasifika populations are effectively beingdisproportionately targeted and often severely harmed by them. The harm generated by pokies in terms of poverty, relationship break-up, depression, domestic violence, crime, neglected children, and the greatest losses by gamblers from pokie machines tend also to be drawn disproportionately from Māori, Pasifika, and lower income communities and families”

FAMILY FIRST SUPPORTS THE INTENT OF THE BILL

  1. Enabling local authorities in consultation with their communities to:
    * reduce the number of pokie machines in their districts
    * determine where pokie machines may be sited
    * how the proceeds can be distributed

  2. Giving gamblers more ability to limit and control their own gambling behaviour through player tracking devices and pre-commit cards

  3. Requiring the distribution of proceeds to be carried out primarily for the benefit of community organisations operating within the geographic community in which the venue is located

More on this gambling harm bill

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View these Centre Right NZ Political Party Policies and voting position on REDUCED GAMBLING.

Note: Policies subject to change. Please check the Policy Links for the latest Policy if available. These are the voting positions of party leaders for the 2014 General Election as reported to Family First who asked the questions below. Please refer to the linked website ‘Value Your Vote 2014‘ for more information and updates.

PARTY VOTING POSITION/ POLICY Policy link

Questions asked for the 2014 election

Reduced gambling

Will you SUPPORT or OPPOSE a nationwide ‘sinking lid’ (a progressive reduction) policy on gaming machines?

GREEN answers support the Conservative position.

actlogo Jamie Whyte OPPOSED
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unitedfuturelogo Peter Dunne SUPPORTS
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nzfirstlogo Winston Peters SUPPORTS
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nationalpartylogo John Key NO RESPONSE
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cropped-cp-logo11.jpg Colin Craig SUPPORTS
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