Gambling Venues Policy review

Gambling Venues Policy review

Council regularly seeks your feedback on a variety of issues, proposed policies or plans, projects or consent applications which affect Upper Hutt.

In accordance with the Local Government Act 2002, Upper Hutt City Council is reviewing its Gambling policies for class 4 gaming machine venues (“Pokies”) and New Zealand Racing Board Venues (including TAB) and wants to hear your views.+

The purpose of the gambling policy is to:

  • ensure that Council and the Community have an influence over the provision and location of new gambling venues in the City,

  • ensure that the primary purpose of these venues is not to provide Class 4 Gaming machines,

  • ensure gaming machines and TABs are located in venues where there is a degree of supervision and control of those using the machines to help reduce the risk of problem gambling,

  • minimise the harm to the community caused by gambling, and

  • allow the community to have access to gambling venues for entertainment purposes and to benefit from the proceeds generated.

A detailed copy of the proposed amended policy is included in the Statement of proposal and the changes are summarised in the Summary of informationThe Summary of information also provides more details on the process for people wishing to submit feedback regarding the proposal.

 Some of the proposed amendments are summarised as follows:

  • Clarifying that gambling must not the primary activity of a class 4 gaming machine venue. 

  • Clarifying that the location of any new class 4 gaming machines or venues must be at least 100 metres from any existing class 4 gaming venue, or kindergarten, early childhood centre, kōhanga reo, school, or other community facility

  • Clarifying how and when a venue may or may not relocate, and transfer its existing Pokie machines to a new venue.

  • Combining both class 4 gaming machine venues and New Zealand Racing Board venues (TAB) policies into one document. 


Have your say

Submissions on the proposed Gambling venue policy are welcome from any person or organisation who wishes to give feedback and we encourage you to tell us your views.

Printed copies of all these documents are also available at the Upper Hutt City Council Civic Centre (838 – 842 Fergusson Drive) and the Upper Hutt Central and Pinehaven Libraries.

Submissions open on 17 June 2020 and close on 19 July 2020.

All submissions will be considered and deliberated on by Council.

You will also have the opportunity to discuss your views with Councillors at a hearing, if you want, on 5 August 2020 at 4:30 in Council Chambers