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Should pokie machines be outlawed?
A city councillor has put forward a policy to ban new permits for pokie machines in Wellington City.
Councillor Tamatha Paul, representing the Lambton Ward, is pushing for a 'sinking lid' policy to all but cease new permits for pokie machines in the city. The motion has widespread support across the council table and is set to pass this Thursday.
New Zealanders lost $939 million in pokie machines in 2019 and $241m of that was paid out to community and sports groups. Between 30 and 60 per cent of money going into pokie machines was from problem gamblers and much of that came from low socio-economic communities, a paper by Problem Gambling Foundation said.
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Upper Hutt teenager Brianna Veale has turned her frustration with uninformed comments about her type 1 diabetes into action, awareness and money.
The 14-year-old raised nearly $3000 for Diabetes Youth Wellington, selling more than 120 tickets to a pool party at the Upper Hutt Aquatic Centre on Friday.
Her efforts were bolstered by donations from local businesses and the Silverstream Lions club which agreed to match ticket sales.
The Upper Hutt Cossie Club also presented Brianna with a cheque for $5288.44 after it approved a grant to Diabetes Youth Wellington.