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Monday 19 February 2018

Hamiltonians can have their say on a policy to limit the number of pokies in Hamilton.

Hamilton City Council wants feedback on its proposed Class 4 Gambling Policy which regulates the location and number of venues and clubs which have gambling machines in Hamilton.

The Council’s General Manager Strategy and Communication Sean Hickey says the Council’s policy is as restrictive as it can be under law.

“The proposed Policy does not allow for any new gambling machines in Hamilton or any existing ones to be moved to a new location in the city. Having a true sinking lid policy means the number of gambling machines in the city will only go down.”

A Class 4 venue is somewhere with non-casino gambling machines, including clubs and pubs.

The Gambling Act 2003 requires all councils to have a policy specifying if class 4 venues may be established in their area, and if so, where they can be located. The Policy must also state the maximum number of gambling machines a Class 4 venue can have as well as rules around relocation.

Public consultation closes on Monday 5 March and submissions can be made online at hamilton.govt.nz/haveyoursay

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