Gambling Venues Policy

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Thank you to everyone that has provided feedback, submissions have now closed on the Gambling Venues Policy.

In total, we received 331 submissions on the policy. Oral hearings will be on Thursday 29 October to Council with a decision made on the policy in November.

The Council has had a Gambling Venues Policy in place since 2004. It has actively managed the number of machines available for Class 4 gambling in Wellington.

The Council is seeking to renew its Gambling Venues Policy under the Gambling Act 2003 and we want to know what you think of the options we are proposing:

  • Option A: Implement a sinking lid to allow no new venues or machines in Wellington. This is the Council’s preferred option.
  • Option B: Reduce the caps on the maximum number of machines by 87. This option will also require the Council to undertake some administrative changes including changes to the zone descriptions to align with the 2019 Representation Review. It also proposes to reinstate the Primary Activity clause, so that machines can only be located in venues with a valid on licence and restricted designation as R18.
  • Option C: No change to the existing policy, or another change we haven’t considered.

To provide you with more context for the proposal, we have made the following documents available in the document library:

How can I share my views?

We would like to know what option you prefer, and why you prefer that option over the other options provided.

You can complete a submission form online below or download and print the PDF version and post it into the Council for free.

You have until 5pm, Thursday 1 October to share your views with us.

Thank you to everyone that has provided feedback, submissions have now closed on the Gambling Venues Policy.

In total, we received 331 submissions on the policy. Oral hearings will be on Thursday 29 October to Council with a decision made on the policy in November.

The Council has had a Gambling Venues Policy in place since 2004. It has actively managed the number of machines available for Class 4 gambling in Wellington.

The Council is seeking to renew its Gambling Venues Policy under the Gambling Act 2003 and we want to know what you think of the options we are proposing:

  • Option A: Implement a sinking lid to allow no new venues or machines in Wellington. This is the Council’s preferred option.
  • Option B: Reduce the caps on the maximum number of machines by 87. This option will also require the Council to undertake some administrative changes including changes to the zone descriptions to align with the 2019 Representation Review. It also proposes to reinstate the Primary Activity clause, so that machines can only be located in venues with a valid on licence and restricted designation as R18.
  • Option C: No change to the existing policy, or another change we haven’t considered.

To provide you with more context for the proposal, we have made the following documents available in the document library:

How can I share my views?

We would like to know what option you prefer, and why you prefer that option over the other options provided.

You can complete a submission form online below or download and print the PDF version and post it into the Council for free.

You have until 5pm, Thursday 1 October to share your views with us.

Please enter your question about the options for the Gambling Venues Policy here. We monitor the site from 8:30am - 5pm Monday to Friday, and we aim to respond to you as soon as possible.  

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    If option B is selected will the numbers of machines continue to reduce over time or would Option A have to be selected for this to happen.

    Brenda Crane asked about 1 month ago

    Kia ora 

    Thank you for your question 

    The number of machines and venues has reduced over time since the introduction of the Council's Gambling Venues policy. Option A would mean that once machines or venues are removed, they cannot be replaced. Under Option B any machines and venues that were removed could be replaced as long as there was room under the caps . 

    Ngā mihi nui

    Jim Lewis
     Kaitohutohu Kauapapahere, Kaupapa Here |  Intermediate Policy Advisor, Policy  

    Ngā Mahi Rautaki, Kaupapa Here me te Rangahau | Strategy, Policy and Research 

    M 027 803 0311

    EJim.Lewis@wcc.govt.nzWWellington.govt.nz | |