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Clubs NZ Members Not Affected By New Payment System

Clubs NZ Members Not Affected By New Payment System

Clubs New Zealand is concerned that muddled media commentary on a new payments system to reimburse commercial venues for hosting gambling machines may mislead the public into presuming non-profit Clubs have been receiving rentals for their in-house class 4 gaming machines A media release by Internal Affairs Minister, the Hon Peter Dunne advises that the Government agreed to a new payments system for venues hosting class 4 gaming machines in bars and pubs.

Clubs New Zealand members operating gaming machines will not be included in the new payment system.

“Chartered clubs own and manage the machines in their venues and do not receive payments from other societies or trusts that are licensed to operate Class 4 gaming machines,” say Clubs New Zealand Chief Executive Larry Graham. “The rules clubs are required to follow are significantly different to those applied to commercial bars and pubs. Most clubs are non-profit organisations which are predominantly owned by the members. Clubs are required to apply the funds from gaming machines to assist their own communities. Societies or trusts are required to distribute their funds to support charitable community activities via a grants process.”

Clubs New Zealand is a non-profit national body representing more than 300 clubs around the country including chartered clubs, community clubs, cosmopolitan clubs, workingmen’s clubs, sports clubs and Returned Service associations/clubs. We are the leading association for clubs in New

Zealand – our clubs employ more than 3500 people and have over 280,000 financial members.

Clubs know their members and take host responsibilities seriously. Clubs New Zealand is committed to supporting our members to keep pace with gaming regulations and there is a strong focus placed on harm minimization. Gaming machines only form part of the member’s entertainment package with all clubs involved with sports and other social activities. It is important to clubs that they create a welcoming environment where members can safely enjoy themselves.

Further information can be found on www.clubsnz.rg.nz

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