One of the country's largest pokie grant funders is under
investigation by Internal Affairs and the Serious Fraud
Southern gamblers have pumped almost $50 million into pokies
over the past year - the equivalent of $160 for every man,
woman and child living in Otago and Southland.
Pub and club owners and operators are pushing for a change to
gambling laws, to allow them to take a profit on pokie
machines and to reduce the amount that gets paid back to the
community in grants.
A whistleblower says an Internal Affairs audit is a
"whitewash" after it failed to act on his material involving
the Otago Rugby Football Union, South Auckland bars and a
The Dunedin City Council wants to delegate responsibility for
the future distribution of pokie funds to avoid a potentially
costly conflict of interest, if the Government opts to hand
the role to local authorities.
A pokies trust recently stripped of its gambling licence has
pumped more than $2 million into southern racing clubs over a
two-year period despite having no gambling venues in Otago or
Hundreds of millions of coins rattle through poker machines
in New Zealand pubs each year.
One of the biggest recipients of pokie grants in Dunedin -
the Dunedin City Council - could be involved in the future
distribution of gambling cash.
A pokies executive has slammed a claim that Otago would be
$11 million better off if a controversial Bill handing the
distribution of gaming cash to local government was
Rugby was granted more than $141 million in pokies grants
over the past six years, raising questions over the
sustainability of the country's national game.
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