Gambling Policy


The proliferation of gambling opportunities and the associated increase in spending by New Zealanders on gambling is socially and economically unsustainable.

Strong measures, including regulation, are needed to prevent and minimise the harm caused by high-risk gambling.

The use of gambling proceeds to fund community and sports groups need to be reduced.

Key Principles

  1. Public policy will operate to reduce the harm caused by gambling and to protect our communities and public services from gambling harm.
  2. The most harmful forms of gambling should be regulated.

Specific Policy Points:

  • Conduct a full social, economic and environmental impact study on the effect of gambling in New Zealand.

  • Monitor the impacts of gambling, supported by an independent research programme.
  • Amend all gambling legislation to ensure the primary focus is the elimination of gambling harm.

  • Support the government moratorium on issuing new casino venue licences.
  • Support the right of communities to hold binding referenda about the future of casinos when their licences come up for renewal.
  • Give local government the power to reduce or phase out the number of pub gaming machines in their area after appropriate consultation and impact assessments.
  • Genuine consultation with local residents before new gambling venues are established in their neighbourhood (or changes to existing gambling venues made).
  • Impose a levy on gambling turnover to be paid to independent problem gambling support services.
  • A fair and transparent process for distributing gaming proceeds.

  • Mitigate the impact of ending pub pokie grants to community and voluntary sector organisations by establishing a special transitional fund.
  • Provide more education about the risks of gambling so people can make informed decisions.
  • Review gambling advertising standards, particularly their impact on children.
  • No advertising or promotion of harmful forms of gambling.

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