“…The former boss of the industry association representing pokie trusts says the system is corrupt and needs total reform.
Former Community Gaming Association executive director Francis Wevers said the incentives to take advantage were too powerful.
The result was “endemic non-compliance” and “corruption” in a business which had a turnover of $9 billion.
About $850 million was distributed to the Government, the community and pokie trusts.
The pokie trusts face extinction under a private member’s bill brought by Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell – which would strip the trusts of their powers and create a new system for distributing funding.
His proposed bill creates a system where local government would distribute the cash with a focus on making grants to local organisations…”
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