Henderson Massey Local Board does a u-turn at the latest budget committee (pg 91 item 43) and now advocates for continuation of the pokie machines. ” The Board no longer supports the sinking lid gambling policy as any licenses given up in West Auckland will be taken up by the Skycity Casino. In addition the Trusts return approximately 50% of the proceeds from the pokie machines to the community, whereas Skycity only return 2.5%.
Nope, this is not out local board. Henderson’s decision is relevant to the Ranges Heritage Area as that is where our Licensing Trusts money comes from (see below). The Ranges and Heritage Area is part of the Waitakere Trust Area, see list of suburbs above. Titirangi, Glen Eden and New Lynn are Portage Trusts.
WAITAKERE TRUST AREAS:
Whenuapai, West Harbour, Waitakere Township, Massey, Henderson, Ranui, Swanson, Taupaki, Te Atatu Peninsula, Te Atatu Sth, Sunnyvale, Oratia, Waiatarua, Karekare, Piha, Bethells Beach.
As local budgets come under increasing pressure will the pressure be on for more pokies?