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Source: Porirua City Council

Porirua City Council agreed to a comprehensive sinking lid policy for Class 4 gaming today, as a way to help reduce the harm caused by gambling in the city.
Porirua has 156 pokie machines in operation, across 10 licensed venues. A comprehensive sinking lid policy means if a venue closed, its machines couldn’t be relocated, or merged with, another site.
Following recent consultation with the community, the Council’s review of the Class 4 Gaming Machines and TAB Venues Policy was concluded with the deliberations report presented to Council’s Te Puna Kōrero committee on Thursday.
Pokie machines earned a $15.809 million profit in the year to June 2023 in Porirua, a $2m increase from the previous financial year. Research has shown there is gambling harm prevalent in Porirua, with among the highest sp