The Department of Internal Affairs

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Gaming machine licence continues


The Department of Internal Affairs is satisfied that the Clendon Tavern, Manurewa, has been rebuilt on its existing site, and has licensed the venue to continue operating gaming machines.

Manukau City Council has a policy preventing gambling venues that have not previously held a licence, being licensed and Councillor Daniel Newman questioned the Department’s decision to extend the venue’s gaming machine licence during rebuilding.

The Department’s Acting Director of Gambling Compliance, Geoff Owen, said that after legal advice and comment from the Manukau City Council it was satisfied the gaming machine operator was legally entitled to continue operating under its existing licence.

“Manukau City Council provided written confirmation that it considers the new building to have the same physical location as the previous venue,” Geoff Owen said.

The 18 gaming machines at the tavern were operated by the South Auckland Charitable Trust before it merged with the Lion Foundation.
Media contact:
Trevor Henry, communications adviser, Department of Internal Affairs
Ph 04 495 7211; cell 0275 843 679