Strong support for not replacing pokies in Auckland

An overwhelming majority of Aucklanders believe the city has too many pokies and want to see the Council adopt a sinking lid policy according to a new poll.

Of the 500 Aucklanders that were polled, 74.8% said there were too many pokies in Auckland. Just 0.4% said there were not enough, and 12.8% were unsure.

When asked their views on a 'sinking lid' policy on pokies - meaning every time a pokie machine is removed or a venue hosting these machines closes these machines will not be replaced, 76.9% supported a 'sinking lid' (44% strongly supported, 32.9% supported). Just 11.5% opposed a 'sinking lid' (1.6% strongly opposed, 9.9% opposed).

Tony Milne, National Manager of Public Health for the Problem Gambling Foundation, says this poll is consistent with other  polls and surveys on New Zealanders views on pokies.

"People think there are too many pokie machines and want policies put in place to reduce them", he said.

"Not only did 10,258 people and organisations (99% of submissions) submit to Council in favour of a 'sinking lid' on pokies, but this poll shows that Aucklanders overwhelmingly support a 'sinking lid' policy".

"We are encouraging the Council to listen to this result, say no to more pokies and choose a healthier future for our children," Tony Milne said.

- The Aucklander

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