Gambling Class 4 Venue Policy 2014

Horowhenua District Council reviewed its Gambling Class 4 Venue Policy in August 2014, as required under the Gambling Act 2003.  This Policy is limited to Class 4, non-casino, gambling machine (pokie) venues.

The final policy was adopted by Council at its meeting on Wednesday, 5 November 2014 and takes effect from 6 November 2014.

The Council has determined that a 'sinking lid' gambling venue policy will be used to control and, in time, reduce the number of Class 4 gaming machine venues in the District.  The 'sinking lid' policy will not permit the establishment of new Class 4 gaming machine venues and it will not permit gaming machine societies to increase the number of gaming machines in the District.

Objectives of the Policy

The objectives of this policy are:

  • To control gaming machine gambling in the Horowhenua District;
  • To cap the number of gaming machines in the Horowhenua District;
  • To cap the number of Class 4 gaming machine venues in the Horowhenua District;
  • To reduce the number of gaming machines through attrition (this does not affect repair and/or replacement of existing gaming machines);
  • To prevent and minimise the harm caused by gambling;
  • To facilitate community involvement in decisions about gambling;
  • To recognise there are negative social, economic and health impacts from problem gambling.

Gambling Class 4 Venue Policy(PDF, 39KB)