Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Pokie-free and proud of it campaign

Media release

22 November 2013

Campaign will showcase venues that are pokie-free and proud of it

"After more than 15 years in the industry, I can honestly say, that being a 'pokie-free' bar is the only way I would have it”.

That statement was made by Michael Meharg, owner of Nineteen Eighty One Bar and Restaurant in Manukau, where the Problem Gambling Foundation will launch a campaign that showcases venues that have chosen not to install pokie machines, on Thursday 28 November starting at 7pm.

Nineteen Eighty One Bar and Restaurant was chosen as the venue for the launch because it is ‘pokie- free and proud of it’.

Michael Meharg believes that the local pub should be a meeting place for friends and family.

“At Nineteen Eighty One we have strived to enhance the experience for our customers by providing a pool table, table tennis, and 'old school' arcade games,” he says.

“Our customer base loves theme parties. We have hosted some of Manukau's biggest nights in recent years with Halloween parties including extra horror experiences, and summer parties with nine tons of sand dumped on our back deck.”

The Our Place is Proudly Pokie-Free campaign follows the success of the 2012 Christchurch campaign which was launched after the devastating earthquakes as a way of supporting positive places and building strong communities.

The Problem Gambling Foundation says although Auckland Council recently introduced a ‘sinking lid’ policy for pokie machines, there are still many places in Auckland where pokies are prevalent and it’s often hard to escape them.

The campaign aims to change that by providing participating venues with a prominent orange sticker to display near their door and a listing on the website www.proudlypokiefree.org.nz, profiling the venue and what makes them such a great place to visit.

The launch on Thursday 28 November will include live music, speeches and refreshments at Nineteen Eighty One Bar and Restaurant, 712 Great South Road, Manukau opposite the Westfield Mall and diagonally opposite Rainbow’s End.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell : On Dealing With Impeccable, Impeachable Lies

By now, the end game the Republican Senate majority has in mind in their setting of the rules for the impeachment trial of Donald J. Trump is pretty clear to everyone: first deny the Democrats the ability to call witnesses and offer evidence, and then derisively dismiss the charges for lack of evidence. For his part, does former security adviser John Bolton really, really want to testify against his former boss? If there was any competing faction within the Republican Party, there might be some point for Bolton in doing so – but there isn’t. More>>

Published on Werewolf


WINZ Quarterly Report: More People Getting Into Work

The December quarter benefit numbers released today show the Government’s plan to get people off the benefit and into work is starting to pay off,” Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said. More>>


Changing lives: Boost In Whānau Ora Funding

Whānau throughout New Zealand are set to benefit from an extra three million dollars that will go directly to Whānau Ora Commissioning Agencies, the Minister for Whānau Ora Peeni Henare announced today. More>>


PGF Kaikōura $10.88M: Boost In Tourism & Business

The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $10.88 million to boost business and tourism opportunities in Kaikōura, Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development, Fletcher Tabuteau announced today. More>>


Whitebaiting: Govt Plans To Protect Announced

With several native whitebait species in decline the Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has today released proposals to standardise and improve management of whitebait across New Zealand. More>>


Education: Resource For Schools On Climate Change

New resource for schools to increase awareness and understanding of climate change... More>>


In Effect April: New Regulations For Local Medicinal Cannabis

Minister of Health Dr David Clark says new regulations will allow local cultivation and manufacture of medicinal cannabis products that will potentially help ease the pain of thousands of people. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On What An Inquiry Might Look Like

Presumably, if there is to be a ministerial inquiry (at the very least) into the Whakaari/White Island disaster, it will need to be a joint ministerial inquiry. That’s because the relevant areas of responsibility seem to be so deeply interwoven... More>>






InfoPages News Channels