Draft Gambling Venue Policy 2018

Consultation now closed

Submissions closed on Monday 2 July 2018 and 11 submissions were received.

A number of the submitters have indicated that they wish to be heard. These people will be contacted regarding a date and time to speak to their submission at a hearing which is planned to take place in late August/early September 2018.

Next steps

The hearing panel will report to the Council following the hearing and the consideration of submissions, then it will recommend the adoption of a new Gambling Venue Policy to the Council.

The Council is working towards having a new policy

Consultation now closed

Submissions closed on Monday 2 July 2018 and 11 submissions were received.

A number of the submitters have indicated that they wish to be heard. These people will be contacted regarding a date and time to speak to their submission at a hearing which is planned to take place in late August/early September 2018.

Next steps

The hearing panel will report to the Council following the hearing and the consideration of submissions, then it will recommend the adoption of a new Gambling Venue Policy to the Council.

The Council is working towards having a new policy in place this year.


Background information

The Council is undertaking consultation on a reviewed draft Gambling Venue Policy. The policy has been prepared under the Gambling Act 2003 and once adopted will replace the existing Gambling Policy 2015.

The Council’s Gambling Policy sets out if and where non-casino gaming machines, commonly known as ‘pokie machines’, can be located in the district. It also provides restrictions on the number of machines at the venues.

The objectives of the Policy are: to control the growth of gambling in Selwyn District; to prevent and minimise the harm caused by gambling, including problem gambling; and to allow those who wish to participate in responsible class 4 and race and sports betting to do so in the Selwyn District.

Why are we reviewing the Gambling Policy?

Since the current policy was adopted in March 2015 the population of the district has increased from 49,500 to about 60,000. This also meant more restaurants and bars were established to service this increased population.

The Council’s existing policy has a cap of 107 machines and does not allow new class 4 (non-casino) or New Zealand Racing Board gambling venues in any Living Zone in the Council’s District Plan. It has transpired that this cap has been inadvertently breached and the approved number of machines for the district currently sits at 114.

The draft updated policy takes account the current situation in the district and the views of residents and stakeholders. This included a survey of residents undertaken in November 2017 which indicated that a significant proportion of residents had concerns about the effects of gambling and the growth in the numbers of gambling machines.

The draft policy seeks to strike a balance between community benefit (funding and

entertainment) and the harm caused by problem gambling.

The draft policy proposes:

  • a cap of 120 machines

  • limit new venues to a maximum of five machines

  • venues that are operating fewer than five machines to have a maximum of five machines.

Extended consultation period:

We’re doing some technical maintenance (Saturday 2 June) on the Council building which means our Council public submissions pages will be offline from 6am Saturday for about 12 hours. We expect them to be available again from Monday (4 June). The consultation for the draft Gambling Venue Policy was originally scheduled to close on Friday 29 June, however the new closing date is now Monday 2 July (5pm).

You can also post your submission and address it to: The Regulatory Manager, Selwyn District Council, Reviewed Gambling Venue Policy 2018, P O Box 90, Rolleston.