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New Zealanders Opinions Sought on New Gambling Policy

16 February 2004

AUCKLAND CITY, New Zealand – As reported by the New Zealand Scoop: "Aucklanders are being asked to have their say on Auckland City's new draft gambling venue policy that restricts the number of electronic gaming machines, commonly called pokies.

"The new policy is a requirement under the Gambling Act, passed into law on 19 September 2003. Under the Act, councils are required to adopt a policy for class four gambling venues. Class four gambling is defined as any activity that involves the use of a gaming machine outside a casino.

"…The chairperson of the City Development Committee, Councillor Juliet Yates, says it is crucial that Aucklanders review the draft policy and tell the council of any concerns.

"…Mrs Yates says the policy's main objectives are to control the growth of gambling in Auckland City and to minimise the harm caused by gambling.

"…To this end, Auckland City along with the other six councils in the Auckland region commissioned a regional impact assessment report. Auckland City officers also met with key stakeholders such as gambling trusts, TAB, relevant social services, Maori and community groups before drafting the policy…"

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