NZ Pokies Funding Laws Need Reviewing

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A great deal of organizations and charities across New Zealand benefit from poker machine funding; however, there seems to be some unfair treatment lurking beneath the surface of the scheme. In a recent interview, Francis Wevers, formerly of the Community Gaming Association (CGA), uncovers some of these transgressions and makes a case for a review of the pokies funding system.

Wever states that some favouritism is at work in the pokies funding market. He believes that many pubs receive more funding than they should, spending it on big screen televisions and renovations. However, more money should be pumped back into the community, and the new Harm Reduction Bill could ensure that happens.

The proposed Harm Reduction Bill not only aims to reduce the number of poker machines in the country over the course of 12 months; it will also give community leaders the ability to decide how the money is allocated. Wevers believes that this presents a great opportunity for the government to ensure that the right groups are receiving poker machine funding.

Steve works in house as a copy writer for a well known UK soft-gaming brand where he writes game rules, promotional copy and winners stories, so he's well versed in the gambling world. Steve is from the UK and lives and works in London - he contributes news articles to Online Pokies 4U in his spare time. Steve loves writing and is in the process of finishing the third book of a fictional trilogy that he has published himself... If you'd like to get in touch with Steve please drop him a line at Steve (at)

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