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PACKAGE OF REFORMS PLANNED FOR CLASS 4 GAMBLING

 

Hon Chris Tremain

Minister of Internal Affairs

19 June 2013

      Media   Statement

 

Internal Affairs Minister Chris Tremain today announced a balanced package of reforms in the Class 4 (non-casino) gaming sector.

“There is a clear need for reform in the Class 4 sector, which is why Te Ururoa Flavell and I have worked together on his Gambling (Gambling Harm Reduction) Bill.  The Bill will be the first in a set of signficant changes,” says Mr Tremain.

“It is my intention to introduce further legislation and regulations to address other issues that have been identified in the Class 4 sector.  These reforms will focus on improving the transparency of grants to community groups, increasing the amount of funding that goes back to the community and reducing unnecessary compliance costs for Class 4 operators.

“I know the public has real concerns over conflicts of interest in the sector.  To tackle this I will introduce legislation to capture and prosecute “rorts” more easily and restore the ability of DIA to cancel or suspend Class 4 licences as a penalty.  Societies and venues who are compliant and show best practice will be granted longer licences as an incentive.

“The way that societies pay bars and pubs to host gaming machines is extremely complicated and needs to be simplified.  This will reduce compliance costs, enabling more money to be returned to community groups.

“There will also be greater transparency about how grant decisions are made so the community is better informed about that process.

“I also propose to lift the minimum rate of return to the community over time.  Based on the current turnover for every one per cent average increase we can return an additional seven million dollars to the community.

“As a way of reducing costs to societies information will only need to be published online rather than in a newspaper.

” The overall package of eight additional proposals is much wider in scope than those proposed by the Maori Party’s original Bill, and is the result of a collaborative effort with Mr Flavell.  These reforms will deliver a simpler, more transparent system providing more money to the community.

” I would like to congratulate and thank Mr Flavell for his commitment to addressing gambling-related harm, while recognising the important role of Class 4 societies in community funding.”

 

Media contact: Mary-Jane Rendle 021 288 9157

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Improved compliance with Gambling Act

The Trusts Community Foundation Ltd has committed itself to work more closely with the Government to improve compliance with the Gambling Act.

A recent audit of TTCF Ltd showed few compliance issues but the company, in meetings with Gambling Compliance, has discussed ways of improving the company’s performance and its relationship with the Department of Internal Affairs.

The society has made considerable progress since the Gambling Commission suspended the old TTCF Inc in 2010 for using pokie money to compete for venues and unnecessary entertainment expenditure.

The not-for-profit TTCF Ltd is now returning much more to the community in grant money – the current return to authorised purposes is 46.06%. It is also gradually changing its board of Directors. The company is introducing a retirement rotation policy, as a result of which two directors have retired so far, and licensing trust-nominated directors will be linked to the local bodies’ three year electoral cycle. An independent Director will be appointed to bolster board competencies, skills and diversity.

The new society also now has clearer policy and processes in place to ensure venue operators do not receive credit for TTCFL grants.

Following the windup of TTCF Inc, more than $700,000 was recovered by the Trustees and has been returned to the community funding pool, including previous grants that were not spent on the stated purpose or were no longer needed. These were redistributed as part of the former Trust’s windup including $219,000 to Wellington Neonatal Trust and $489,657.21 to the Totara Hospice South Auckland (to double the size of the hospice).

Internal Affairs Gambling Compliance Director, Debbie Despard, welcomed the approach taken by TTCFL.

“The recovery they have made is a good example of what is expected of a society and the Department looks forward to supporting TTCFL maintain progress.”

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