Council, 27 September 2018

A note on relocations

The 2012 Gambling Venue Policy (Policy) was reviewed by the Council in 2014/15. As required by the Gambling (Gambling Harm Reduction) Amendment Act 2013, the Council considered whether or not to include a relocation policy within the Policy, after having considered the social impact of gambling in high-deprivation communities within its district.

On 16 April 2015 the Council resolved not to include a relocation policy within the Policy, or to amend the Policy. The Policy does not allow for relocations. However, where the new location for a venue is a site that is very close to the existing site, the venue name will be the same and the ownership and management of the venue will be the same as in the original site, then the Department of Internal Affairs may not consider that to be a change in venue (or a relocation) under the Gambling Act 2003 (see the High Court decision relating to the Waikiwi Tavern [2013] NZHC 1330). In such cases all the machines allowed under the existing venue licence at the original site may be taken to the new site.

Any enquires about the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) consideration of a transfer of an existing venue licence to a new site (relocation) under a Waikiwi exception should be made directly to DIA's Gambling Venue licensing team(external link).


Class 4 Gaming

1. The Christchurch City Council will not grant consent under section 98 of the Gambling Act 2003 to allow any increase in class 4 gaming venues or class 4 machine numbers except in the circumstance set out below.

2. The Christchurch City Council will grant a consent where two or more corporate societies are merging and require Ministerial approval to operate up to the statutory limit in accordance with section 95 (4) of the Gambling Act 2003. The total number of machines that may operate at the venue must not exceed 18 machines.

Totalisator Agency Board (TAB)

3. The Christchurch City Council will grant a Totalisator Agency Board (TAB) venue consent to the New Zealand Racing Board to establish a Board venue (the Board must meet all other statutory requirements, including the City Plan requirements, in respect of such proposed venue).


4. The consent fee is $161 (inclusive of GST) and will be reviewed annually through the Annual Plan process.

5. All applications for consents must be made on the approved form.

6. The Chief Executive of the Council is delegated the power to process consent applications in accordance with this policy and may further delegate this power to other officers.

7. If the Council amends or replaces this policy, it is required to do so in accordance with the special consultative procedure outlined in the Local Government Act 2002.

8. In accordance with the Gambling Act 2003 and the Racing Act 2003, the Council will complete a review of the Gambling Venue Policy and the Totalisator Agency Board (TAB) Policy within three years of their adoption and every three years thereafter.


The Gambling Venue and Totalisator Agency Board (TAB) Venue Policy was adopted by the Christchurch City Council at its meeting of 27 August 2009.

The policy was reviewed by the Council in 2012, 2015 and 2018. At each review the Council resolved that the 2009 Gambling and Totalisator Agency Board (TAB) Venue Policy would be retained without amendment.