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Committee Approves New Zealand Gambling Control Policy

12 February 2004

MANUKAU CITY, New Zealand – As reported by the (New Zealand) Scoop: "Manukau City Council's draft gaming venue control policy is to go before full Council on February 26 after being approved by the community development committee last night.

"Under the Gaming Act 2003, all councils are required to have a policy for class 4 venues (premises containing gaming machines, excluding casinos).

"…The Gambling Act 2003 provides a new role for councils - the power to decide whether and where new class 4 venues may operate, and the number of machines that may be operated.

"…Manukau mayor Sir Barry Curtis says the council is eager to hear every viewpoint during the public consultation period.

"He says, 'Undoubtedly, gambling has great benefits for many community organisations such as sports clubs. They receive money from the profits and would otherwise not survive because they can't raise the money any other way.

"…'However we believe Manukau is not getting its fair share of the profits of gambling.

"…'The new legislation will give us a much-improved system because the money from gambling will be easy to track when new electronic monitoring systems become mandatory. '…"

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