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Class 4 Gambling and Board Venues Policy

Council is required to review, and publicly consult on, the above Policy every three years.

The Council has reviewed its Class 4 Gambling and Board Venue Policy and resolved to release it for public consultation at its meeting on Wednesday 18th October 2017. Consultation closes on Friday 24th November at 5pm.

This Policy provides guidance for both class 4 gambling venues (venues that have pokie machines) and board venues (TABs) on the Council's approach to pokie machines and TABs in the district.

You can make an online submission on our Submissions website

Alternatively you can print a submission form here or obtain a hardcopy of the Statement of Proposal, Class 4 Gambling and Board Venues Policy and Submission form from the Council Administration Office in Waipawa, or the Waipawa and Waipukurau Libraries.
Submission forms can be delivered or posted to:

Class 4 Gambling and Board Venue Policy
Central Hawke’s Bay District Council
PO Box 127

Or emailed to

Submissions open on Thursday 19th October and close on Friday 24th November 2017

Ratio of Machines / Person CAP

The current ratio of machines/person is 1 / 200 permitting a total of 68 machines in the District. Council are proposing to change the ratio to 1 / 400 reducing the current CAP of 68 to 34 machines. This means that no new consents for pokie machines (class 4 gambling machines) will be granted, and any venues with pokie machines (class 4 gambling venues) that cease to operate will result in a reduction of pokie machine numbers in the district until the CAP of 34 is reached.


The current policy provides for an existing venue to move to another location with its machines, It does not provide for gaming machines to be relinquished to a new operator at a new venue.

Club mergers

The current policy also provides for one or more existing Class 4 venues to merge, but restricts the maximum number of gaming machines to nine (9).

Gambling Act and Racing Act

Under the Gambling Act 2003 and the Racing Act 2003, Council must have a Class 4 Gambling Board Venue Policy. These Acts set out factors that Council must take into consideration when developing the policies.

The purpose of the Gambling Act 2003 is to:

  • control the growth of gambling; and
  • prevent and minimise the harm caused by gambling, including problem gambling; and
  • authorise some gambling and prohibit the rest; and
  • facilitate responsible gambling; and
  • ensure the integrity and fairness of games; and
  • limit opportunities for crime or dishonesty associated with gambling; and
  • ensure that money from gambling benefits the community; and
  • facilitate community involvement in decisions about the provision of gambling.

The purpose of the Racing Act 2003 is:

  1. to provide effective governance arrangements for the racing industry; and
  2. to facilitate betting on galloping, harness, and greyhound races, and other sporting events; and
  3. to promote the long-term viability of New Zealand racing.

The New Zealand Racing Board may establish board venues where the main business carried out is providing racing betting or sports betting services.


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