Hi Upper Hutt,
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 the Problem Gambling Foundation said.
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Maidstone Max is reopening this Saturday 22 May 🤩🥳🙏🙌
To mark the completion of the project, we’re having a reopening event from 10am to 12pm.
Come along and enjoy the completely revamped park, with new features like:
🛹 State-of-the-art skate park
🏀 Half basketball court
🦊 Refurbished flying fox
🚴♂️ Pump track for scooters and bikes
🏖 Sand play
🎶 Musical play
There will also be food trucks, entertainment, games, promotions, and giveaways for everyone to enjoy 👶👧👦
See you there!
Please note - there will be a photographer onsite shooting photos and videos that may be used in our publications and promotional activity.
Notice is given of the following dog fees for the 2021 – 2022 year.
These fees include GST and are effective from 1 July 2021.
1. Dogs must be registered before they reach three  months of age.
2. From the age of three  months, fee rates are calculated proportionally for the year.
3. The fee for a ‘responsible owner’ represents a significant saving on the general registration fee. ‘Responsible owner’ status cannot be claimed if paying on or after 1 August 2021. Fee classes SO and SN will change to classes J or N at that time.
4. A classified dangerous dog is one that has been declared ‘dangerous.’
To find out more information regarding dog fees for the 2021 – 2022 year or to register your dog please visit UPPERHUTTCITY.COM/DOG-REGISTRATION
This should not be too hard. What is going on here?