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New Zealand City Drafts Gambling Venue Policy

18 February 2004

NEW ZEALAND – As reported by New Zealand Scoop: "No new bars or clubs in North Shore City will be allowed to have electronic gaming or pokie machines if a new draft gambling venue policy is adopted.

"The policy, considered at the council's strategy and finance committee meeting yesterday (February 17), aims to curb the spread of gambling and minimise the social harm caused by it.

"Deputy mayor Dianne Hale says it has been proven that gambling is addictive to a small proportion of the population, but recognises that the machines can also have a positive purpose.

"…Consequently, the new policy, required under the Gambling Act 2003, allows the 50 venues across North Shore City that currently have gaming machines to continue operating them…"

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