Gambling Class 4 Venue Policy 2017

This policy was adopted by Council at its meeting on 27 November 2017, and after completion of the special consultative procedure, and is effective from 28 November 2017.

This policy will be reviewed in conjunction with the TAB Venue Policy within three (3) years of being adopted by Council.

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)