Gambling Policy Review – Wairarapa

He Arotakenga O Te Kaupapa Here Whare Petipeti – Momo 4: He Tauākī O Te Tono
Wairarapa Class 4 Gambling and Standalone TAB Venues Policy Review

Wairarapa’s three district councils have opened a month of consultation on proposed updates to our joint gambling policy which would prevent any increase in gaming machines (pokies) and limit movement of existing machines, while preventing the set-up of any standalone TAB venues.

Councils are required by law to review such policies every three years. Four main changes to the joint policy for Wairarapa are proposed. These are:

  • Class 4 Gambling Venues could not relocate in Masterton District under any circumstances. A Class 4 gambling venue is one in which gaming machines (pokies) are operated.
  • Class 4 Gambling venues could not relocate to Carterton and South Wairarapa District’s most deprived areas if the proposed location is outside a main town centre.
  • No standalone TAB venues could be established in the Wairarapa.
  • No additional electronic gaming machines will be granted consent, in any Class 4 venue in the Wairarapa (amendment for clarification purposes).

The consultation document can be found here, and further information is available in the Social Impact Assessment.

Supporting documents

How to provide your feedback

  • Fill in the online submission form
  • Paper copy – print off this form and;
    – Email it to us at or
    – Post to Masterton District Council, Freepost 112477, PO Box 444, Masterton 5840 or
    – Drop it in to the Council office or any of the South Wairarapa libraries.
  • Hard copies of the consultation document and submission forms are available at council offices and libraries.
  • Give the Masterton District Council team a call on 06 370 6300 between 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays)

Important dates

  • 19 February 2024: Consultation opens
  • 22 March 2024: Consultation closes
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