Gambling Venue Policy Review 2017

Consultation on Otorohanga District
Class 4 Gambling Venue Policy


Gambling Act 2003

Following a review of the Otorohanga District Class 4 Gambling Venue Policy the council wishes to consult with the community on the effectiveness of the current ‘sinking lid policy’ and whether or not it is still an appropriate method of control for venue that operate gambling machines.


Racing Act 2003

Otorohanga District Council policy on stand alone Board (TAB) Venues has also been reviewed. The decision on the Board Venue Policy was that it remains unchanged. The Department of Internal Affairs has advised that when no change is proposed to a gambling venue policy, that policy does not need to be notified for public consultation.


Gambling Venue Policy

Otorohanga District Council initially adopted a Gambling Venue Policy in March 2004. At that time there were five Class 4 (gambling machines) venues in Otorohanga District with a combined total of 45 machines. In 2007, this policy was reviewed and confirmed without change. However, in 2010 Council proposed a policy change and following consultation and a public hearing it was decided to adopt a ‘sinking lid policy’. This policy was subsequently confirmed at the three yearly review in 2013.


2016 Review

The latest review of the Gambling Venue Policy confirmed the effectiveness of the ‘sinking lid policy’ which has reduced the number of venues to two, one in Kawhia and one in Otorohanga with a total of 23 machines. Councillors expressed opinions that the current policy may be suppressing business opportunities, venue choice for gamblers and reducing community funding opportunities. It was resolved to notify a number of policy options for community consultation in order to gauge the public feeling about a possible increase in gambling venues and machines in Otorohanga District. The same review confirmed that there would be no change to the Board (TAB) Venue Policy.


For Further Information

Copies of the Statement of proposal, the proposed policy options, and submission forms are available from:


  • Otorohanga District Council, 17 Maniapoto Street, Otorohanga
  • On the internet at:
  • By phoning reception on 07 873 4000 or 0800 743 000


If you wish to discuss any aspect of the policy you can contact Andrew Loe, Environmental Services Manager on 07 838 4000.



Submissions are invited from 9 February to 13 March 2017.


Submissions can be:


            Posted to         Gambling Venue Policy Review
                                    Otorohanga District Council
                                    PO Box 11
                                    Otorohanga 3940 or


            Delivered to     Otorohanga District Council
                                    17 Maniapoto Street
                                    Otorohanga or


            Emailed to


If you do not use the standard submission form, please ensure you include your contact details (name, phone, email, postal address) and whether or not you wish to speak to Council at a hearing on the policy. The hearing is likely to be held on 21 March 2017 (date to be confirmed).

All submissions should be delivered to Council before 5.00pm on Tuesday 13 March 2017.