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New Zealand Courts Endorse Government Pokie Limits

7 December 2004

NEW ZEALAND – As reporte by the New Zealand Herald: "The Court of Appeal has endorsed Government limits on how much pubs should be paid to host poker machines.

"In a decision released yesterday the court dismissed an appeal by gaming machine society Pub Charity, which has about 3000 gaming machines at 335 sites, against Department of Internal Affairs rules over how much pubs should get for gaming machine expenses.

"The case revolved around Pub Charity's attempt to get dispensation from the rules.

"Expenses of up to $150 per machine per week are authorised by the rules, but Pub Charity had sought dispensations of $250 per machine per week for some sites.

"The department's gaming and censorship regulation director, Keith Manch, said in effect Pub Charity was claiming it would cost a pub $234,000 a year to operate 18 gaming machines on its behalf…"

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