Proposed Gambling Policy

Public consultation on the review of this policy closed on 19 October 2020.

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Gambling is a common recreation activity in New Zealand - but how many and where should class 4 gaming machines (pokies) and TAB venues be located?

We're reviewing our current Class 4 Gambling Venue Policy and Board Venue Policy and want to replace it with the proposed Gambling Policy. The draft policy and statement of proposal are available to view under the download icon on the right of this page.

The Gambling Act 2003 and the Racing Industry Act 2020 requires that Council review its policy every three years and consider the social impacts of gambling generated by pokies and TAB venues.  Council has updated the social impact assessment and used its findings in reviewing the policy.  You can view the social impact assessment here.

The proposed policy maintains the ‘sinking lid’ approach for pokie machines and venues and extends it to TAB venues.

Have your say on the proposed policy from 18 September to 4pm on 19 October.

Elements of the proposed policy:

a)         updates the policy to reflect the Racing Industry Act 2020;

b)         applies the ‘sinking lid’ approach (where gaming venues and machines can't be replaced as they close) to TAB venues to the same extent as class 4 venues;

c)         clarifies the relocation provisions and requires that any relocated venue must be in a lower deprivation area than the existing venue; and

d)         makes a number of editorial changes to the policies. This includes combining the policies into one known as the ‘Gambling Policy’. 

Have your say:

To let us know what you think about our proposals you can:

  • read the policy and submit using our online consultation portal
  • email us at;
  • fax us on (07) 868 0234;
  • complete a submission form and post it to us at Thames-Coromandel District Council, Private Bag, Thames 3540; or
  • drop your submission form into the area offices in Thames, Coromandel, Whitianga or Whangamata.

Submission forms and hard copies of the statement of proposal and the proposed policy are available at all our area offices and libraries.

If you have any questions about this proposal or about how to make a submission, please contact us on 07 868 0200 or email