Brown promises to reduce booze outlets and pokies

NZ Herald Sep 28, 2010
Super City mayoral contest frontrunner Len Brown has promised to slash the number of liquor outlets and poker machines if he wins the city’s top job. He told the election’s sole mayoral candidates’ forum on social issues yesterday that he would be “proud” to apply Manukau City’s existing “sinking-lid” policy on pokies across the whole region. And he predicted that a new Government law giving local communities a say on liquor licence bids would create “the possibility of a sinking lid in terms of liquor licensing outlets”…The Problem Gambling Foundation criticised Mr Banks’ Auckland City Council in March when it adopted a “softer” form of the sinking lid for pokies than Manukau and Waitakere, allowing venues that close down to transfer their machines to a new venue as long as they reduce the number by at least one…Mr Craig said he told a Family First survey early in the campaign that he did not know whether pokie outlets should be subject to a sinking lid. “Since then I have come up to speed and I would support this policy,” he said. “You go to the United States – they have one pokie for 4000 people. You come to Auckland and we have one pokie for 180 people. Do we really need that many?”