Green Party gambling spokesperson Denise RocheFriday 10 August 2012, 2:18PM
Media release from Green Party gambling spokesperson Denise
The Government's plans to minimise gambling harm are completely at
odds with allowing SkyCity to increase the number of pokie machines
it has, Green Party gambling spokesperson Denise Roche said
The Ministry of Health plans to spend millions on minimising
gambling harm and is currently calling for submissions on how best
to achieve this. The possible increase in pokies machines at
SkyCity will be looked at when new levies for gambling operators
"Increasing the number of pokie machines at SkyCity will cause more
harm from problem gambling," said Ms Roche.
"The Ministry of Health's consultation document accepts there will
be 'additional gambling expenditure' from the pokie increase.
"The Ministry of Health can't, as yet, predict whether this will
lead to increased demand for gambling harm services.
"However, it is a sure bet that more pokies will lead to more
gambling harm in our community.
"The Government could save some of the millions of dollars it plans
to send on minimising gambling harm by not actively encouraging
this harm through the SkyCity deal," said Ms Roche.