Draft Gambling Class 4 Venue and TAB Venue Policy 2021 Review

Submissions closing on December 19, 2021, 05:00 PM

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We’re working towards a safe, vibrant, inclusive and connected community.

We're seeking feedback on proposed amendments to our Class 4 Gambling and TAB Venue Policy. This policy regulates the location and number of TAB venues, as well as regulating venues that house gaming machines (Class 4 venues).

Every three years we're required by law to review our policies and it’s time to have your say.

At the Horowhenua District Council meeting on 10 November 2021, it was decided to review these policies using the Special Consultative Procedure in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002.

Horowhenua District Council will keep and continue its ‘sinking lid’ policy, so when one gambling venue closes, a new one can’t replace it, meaning we're gradually reducing these type of venues in our area.

What is proposed to change?

  • In the TAB Venue Policy we propose to keep the current arrangement where one standalone TAB venue can be in the district, and remove reference to the Racing Act 2003 which was repealed in August 2020 by the Racing Industry Act 2020.
  • In the proposed changes to our Gambling Class 4 Venue Policy we clarify when the relocation policy applies. When or if gambling businesses merge, the new business will only be able to keep two thirds of the combined gambling machines. This means if two businesses join together and they have thirty machines, they will only be able to keep twenty machines. This is another way to help us to gradually reduce the amount of gambling machines in our district.
  • We're also proposing the introduction of new fees when a business relocates to a new venue or if businesses decide to merge.


Submissions on the proposal close at 5pm on Sunday 19 December 2021.

Anyone can make a submission by either filling out an online form or by filling out the downloadable print form (which can also be picked up from and delivered to our service centres). 

Submit online 

Submission Form | Te puka tāpaetanga(PDF, 126KB)  

Hard copy submissions can be:

  • delivered to: Horowhenua District Council (126 Oxford Street, Levin), Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō (Bath Street, Levin), Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom (92 Main Street, Foxton) or Shannon Library (Plimmer Terrace, Shannon); or
  • posted to: Horowhenua District Council, Private Bag 4002, Levin 5540; or
  • emailed to: recordsprocessing@horowhenua.govt.nz

All submissions should be addressed to: Gambling Class 4 Venue Policy and TAB Venue Policy Reviews, Horowhenua District Council, Private Bag 4002, Levin 5540. 

Submitters should advise whether they wish to be heard at the Hearings Committee Meeting which will be scheduled after the consultation period has closed.  Submitters are advised that pursuant to the Local Government Act 2002 and subject to the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987, all submissions shall be made available to the public.

Submission forms and the Statement of Proposal are available at the Council Offices in Levin (126 Oxford Street or Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō), Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom, Foxton or Shannon Library, Plimmer Terrace Shannon.  Copies may also be obtained by telephoning Council’s Customer Service Centre, Levin, on 06 366 0999.

Submissions must be received no later than 5pm on Sunday 19 December 2021.