1. Welcome

Whanganui District Council is currently reviewing policies designed to prevent and minimise harm from gambling, namely, its Class 4 Gambling Venue Policy 2014 and New Zealand Racing Board Venue (TAB) Policy 2014.

A snapshot of gambling related information relevant to Whanganui is presented below.

The following survey should take no more than 5 minutes and will assist Council in their review.  

Gambling snapshot
· The total number of pokies have steadily decreased since 2013 from 257, to 225 as of June 2017. We currently have a total of 15 gambling venues.
· Proceeds from gaming machines (total pokies revenue generated minus pay outs) have been steadily on the rise since 2014.
· For March quarter 2017 the total amount lost to pokies in Whanganui spread across the district’s adult population equates
to $74.76 per head.
· We have one standalone TAB venue.
· A total of $1,903,679.25 was successfully distributed as community grants generated from Gaming Machine Proceeds for the period Jan 2016- April 2017.
· International and domestic visitors spent a total of $2,224,053 on cultural, recreation, and gambling services in 2016.
· Gambling harm is often hidden, but when recognised can been identified as increased crime, violence and violent crime,
effects on family and friends, and loss of productivity/ employment.
· Gambling positively contributes to our local economy, and for the majority of people who do not have a gambling problem, is a form of entertainment.

Gaming Machine Proceeds (GMP) Whanganui vs New Zealand 2012-2016

Gaming Machine Proceeds (GMP) Whanganui vs New Zealand 2012-2016

Pokie grants

Pokie grants

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