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Review of Class 4 gambling - June 2016

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Questions and answers

This discussion document seeks your views on how community funding from class 4 gambling (pokies in clubs, pubs and bars) can be sustained into the future. Class 4 gambling expenditure has declined since the passing of the Gambling Act 2003, leading to a consequent decrease in funding to communities.

We want your opinion on what the issues and challenges are for the class 4 sector and community funding, and ideas on how things might be improved. We are also seeking ideas for a cost effective regulatory model for the sector that maximises community funding into the future, without increasing harm or driving a growth in gambling.

We are also taking this opportunity to seek views on the future of online gambling in New Zealand.

The Department has had initial conversations with a number of stakeholders about the challenges and opportunities in the sector. Some of their comments have been reflected in this document.

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Sending us your submission

Please send your submission to the Department of Internal Affairs by Friday 12 August 2016.

Please note that all submissions may be made publicly available. Even if you request confidentiality, we may have to release your submission at a later date if a request is made under the Official Information Act 1982. In your submission please highlight the information you would prefer was withheld should a request be made.

Your submission can be sent in the following ways:


Post: Safer Communities Team
Policy Group
Department of Internal Affairs
PO Box 805
Wellington 6140

Questions and answers: Class 4 gambling review discussion document

What is the aim of the review?
Since the enactment of the Gambling Act in 2003, a combination of factors have led to a decrease in class 4 gambling expenditure, and a decline in funds being available for distribution to communities. Class 4 expenditure has increased since 2014 and there are signs that the sector is stabilising, and is more mature. However, the future of the sector and the sustainability of community funding remains uncertain.

Therefore, the aim of this review is to look at:
  • the long-term sustainability and effective allocation of funding to communities;
  • whether the legislation is still fit-for-purpose;
  • whether the sector can be regulated more cost-effectively; and
  • preventing and minimising harm from gambling.
What happens after consultation on the discussion document closes?
The public can make submissions on the discussion document until 12 August 2016. The submissions will then by analysed by officials, as well as further targeted consultation with key stakeholders. Key stakeholders include societies, clubs and commercial venues that own or host gaming machines, local government, problem gambling service providers, and representatives of groups who receive grants funding.

The Minister of Internal Affairs will report back to Cabinet at the end of 2016 with recommendations on how to progress the review.

Will the review result in changes to the Gambling Act 2003?
The Department will be considering a wide range of options, which will be informed by submissions received on the discussion document and from targeted workshops with the sector. Options could include changes to the Gambling Act, but not necessarily.

Officials will put the options before Cabinet by the end of 2016. Cabinet will then decide which options to progress. Options will be discussed with the sector before any final recommendations for change are made.