TAB Board Venue Policy Review

​Issued 16 May 2018

What is being proposed?

Grey District Council has in place the TAB Board Venue Policy. This policy was first adopted by Council in February 2011 and amended in June 2014. The purpose of the policy is to regulate the number and location of TAB board venues.

The policy only covers stand-alone TAB board venues, which are owned or leased by the New Zealand Racing Board. One TAB board venue may be established within the Grey District during the life of this policy. No gaming machines are allowed on TAB board venue premises.

Council is not proposing to make any changes to the existing policy (except a minor change in the policy effective date clause to make it clearer). A copy of the current policy is available separately - you can download this from the Documents section below.

Why is this being proposed?

Under the Racing Act 2003 Council has to review this policy every three years. The policy is now due for a review.

It is noted that Council does not think the continuation of the policy in its current form will have any significant impact on the community.

What are the options?

As Council must have a TAB Board Venue Policy under the Racing Act 2003, there is only one practicable option, namely that Council consults on the reviewed TAB Board Venue Policy.

Council is not proposing any changes (except for a minor change in the policy effective date clause to make it clearer) and will consider any submissions received via the public consultation process prior to the final policy being adopted.

  • It complies with the requirements of the Racing Act 2003.
  • It confirms Council’s strong commitment to address an issue which is important to the community.
  • It reduces the potential for harm associated with gambling.
  • It fits with Council’s vision of making the Grey District a progressive, sustainable area where people want to live, work, play and invest in.
  • Residents and stakeholders will have the opportunity to share their views through consultation.
  • The policy provides an appropriate balance between regulatory controls and the rights of residents/visitors to enjoy partake in such activities.
  • ​There could be a desire within the community for changes to the number of venues allowed.

Enforcement is carried out by the Department of Internal Affairs.

How to have your say

Residents are strongly encouraged to have a say. We want to hear from as many people as possible before the final policy is adopted, so please have your say today.

All submissions must be in writing. We will accept submissions in the following format:

  • Council submission form – online or paper
  • Email to
  • Written submissions posted to Grey District Council, PO Box 382, Greymouth or hand delivered to 105 Tainui Street, Greymouth

You are welcome to address Council in person on your submission – if you wish to do this, please clearly indicate this in your submission. Council will hear and consider submissions at a meeting after the close-off date (this will likely be the ordinary meeting of Council in July).

Every submission made to the Council will be acknowledged in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002, copied and made available to the public.

Submissions close at 5pm on Tuesday 19 June 2018.


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