New Zealand sinking lid policies on pokies and sports grants

Originally Posted on Saturday Aug 21 3:46:00 BST 2010

Some areas of New Zealand have already adopted a sinking lid policy on gaming machines, with other areas currently considering similar proposals.

The sinking lid policy is an attempt to reduce the number of pokie machines, by not allowing any venue which closes to transfer their pokie machine licenses to other establishments.

Pokies are seen by some people to encourage irresponsible gambling.

However, with so many other ways to gamble in New Zealand, including online gambling, it is likely to have little or no significant effect.

Furthermore, many local sporting clubs and organisations say they rely on the funding gaming machine trusts provide, and losing this funding would put many sporting activities at risk of closure.

Cricket is one of the sports that would struggle, with New Zealand Cricket possibly being unable to support local districts.

Financial restraints on sports clubs would put many young people at risk of not being able to take part in sporting activities.  With New Zealand being such a great sporting nation, this would be a national travesty.

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