Tag Archive: Harm Reduction Bill

Upwards of 60% of Pokie Profits to Be Donated

This month, New Zealand’s Harm Minimisation Bill was passed, and responsible gambling advocates were disappointed that many provisions were watered down. However, the Department of Internal Affairs is dedicated to ensuring that the bill dictates a higher percentage of pokie profit donations. Chris Tremain, New Zealand’s Internal Affairs Minister, states that poker machines in pubs…

Mallard Wants to Ban Early Morning Pokie Playing

Last week, New Zealand’s Labour Party announced that it was presenting new amendments to Te Ururoa Flavell’s Gambling Harm Reduction Bill. The bill had originally been amended by a select committee, who watered down the provisions. Now, Labour has stepped in, and representative Trevor Mallard changes are being applauded by responsible gambling advocates. One of…

Internal Affairs Introduces New Harm Reduction Strategies

Maori MP Te Ururoa Flavell introduced a Harm Reduction Bill this year, which aimed to reduce problem gambling rates across New Zealand by help pokie players to gamble more responsibly. Unfortunately, the document was torn apart by a select committee, which amended the Harm Reduction Bill so that it was barely recognizable. Now, the Labour…

Responsible Gambling Groups Want Harm Reduction Bill Withdrawn

MP Te Ururoa Flavell has been urged by problem gambling groups to withdraw his Harm Reduction Bill. The legislation was originally aimed at reducing the potential harm that the gambling industry could cause the local community, but it has been watered down by federal politicians. Because the bill has changed so vastly, the Salvation Army…

Pokie Spending Down in Bay Of Plenty

In the Bay of Plenty, pokie machine spending is on the decline. Fewer gamblers are spending money on land-based poker machines, and the players that continue to wager in the local market are spending less money. From March 2012 to March 2013, local gamblers spent $520 000 less on pokies than they had during the…

New Zealand Pokies Spending Declines

In New Zealand, local politicians are concerned about rising problem gambling rates.MP Te Ururoa Flavell has proposed a number of harm reduction strategies that would aim to cause a decline in problem gambling rates. Although his Harm Reduction Bill has yet to be passed, gambling spending is already on the decline. A recent report has…

New Provisions Introduced For Pokies Harm Reduction Bill

New Zealand’s Harm Reduction Bill is gaining steam among local politicians. MP Te Ururoa Flavell is taking advantage of the opportunity by introducing new responsible gambling measures that aim to reduce gambling addiction rates across the country. The original harm reduction bill suggested a number of provisions that would give local community councils the right…

Pokies Spending Declines in New Zealand

In New Zealand, politicians are standing firm behind a newly proposed Harm Reduction Bill. The legislation aims to reduce the social and financial harm that can be caused by pokies and, even though it has not been passed yet, it seems to be having a positive effect on the local gambling market. According to reports,…

Report Highlights Need for Pokies Funding

On October 24, New Zealand Journalist Brian Rudman wrote an article, entitled: We’re relying on money poured through pokies’. In it, the states that local community organizations depend too much on profits from poker machines, making it difficult for the local government to pass reforms that aim to reduce the number of pokies in the…

Northland Rugby Union Protests Pokies Bill

New Zealand’s new Harm Reduction Bill is aimed at helping the community by reducing problem gambling. The bill ensures that a number of provisions are enacted, including changing the way in which pokies grants are awarded to fund community organizations. Several groups have stepped forward to express their concern about potentially losing funding; now, the…