Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Take a stand against gambling

Downtown Community Ministry
Bulletin
26 July 2006

Take a stand against gambling

Pokie machine policy is up for review in Christchurch and the public has until Friday to make a submission.

Christchurch City Council has proposed five options for gaming policy and while Downtown Community Ministry is not part of the Council’s constituency we are recommending Option 4.

Option 4 maintains the status quo and continues the moratorium established in 2004. This would mean that no further consents for venue licences could be granted except where societies are merging and seeking Ministerial approval.

If Option 4 is chosen there will be no further increase to the number of pokie machines in Christchurch.

Already Christchurch has 2099 (non casino) pokie machines, the highest number of any New Zealand territorial district.

By choosing Option 4 Christchurch City Council can make a definite step towards addressing problem gambling associated with pokie machines and the city’s vulnerable people using them.

“DCM is acutely aware of the destructive nature of gambling and its influence on homelessness in particular,” says DCM Director Stephanie McIntyre.

“We believe it is a major driver causing homelessness in New Zealand’s cities.”

After incorporating the Problem Gambling Foundation’s ‘8 Screen’ questionnaire in our food bank interviews DCM found a high number of people seeking food and housing assistance also were regular gamblers.

Those who seek help for problem gambling related issues are more likely to be high users of pokie machines.

Non casino pokie machines contributed to $1 billion lost by New Zealanders last year.

DCM plans to make a submission before Friday’s deadline urging the council to choose option 4.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Veronika Meduna: The Kaikoura Rebuild

A Scoop Foundation Investigation

Friday will be a big day for people north of Kaikōura – and for hundreds of construction workers who are racing to reopen State Highway 1 in time for the holiday season.

By the afternoon, the South Island’s main transport corridor will be open to traffic again, more than a year after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake mangled bridges and tunnels, twisted rail tracks and buried sections of the road under massive landslides. More>>

 

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>

ALSO:

Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages