New Zealand rorts and sports —dependence on gambling and white collar crime

● Government ● Ministers ● Politicians ● Professonal Rugby ● Racing ● White-collar Crime ● Cover-ups ● Pokies ● Department of Internal Affairs ● Rorts ● Office of the Auditor General ● Organised Crime ● Pokie Trusts ● New Zealand Police ● Serious Fraud Office ● Missing Investigation Files

Losing gaming machine revenue would see many rugby clubs fold, while others would be forced to raise playing fees by up to 500 per cent.
Gambling revenue (2012): Rugby $23,192,037

### ODT Online Mon, 26 Aug 2013
Sports clubs feeding off gamblers
By Steve Deane – New Zealand Herald
Sport in New Zealand is propped up by around $180 million in gambling revenue each year, creating a cycle of dependency health experts have likened to big tobacco sponsorship. While proceeds from Lotto and a levy on TAB sports betting boost the bank balances of most national sports bodies and help fund high performance athletes, pokie gaming trusts are by far the biggest contributor.

Payouts in 2013 have taken the total pokie money contribution to sports funding past the billion-dollar mark over the last seven years.

In 2012 gaming machines contributed $134,202,165 across the sporting sector. The Lotteries grants board provided $41,585,084 – most of which went to Sport New Zealand and High Performance Sport New Zealand. The TAB contributed $3,886,198 to the major sporting associations. It’s money sports administrators say they can’t do without, with many predicting a decline in gambling revenue for their sport would result in children no longer being able to play. That claim has been rubbished by Australasia’s leading authority on gambling harm. APNZ
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### stuff.co.nz Last updated 05:00 25/08/2013
$97k pokie deal ‘naked greed’
By Steve Kilgallon – Sunday Star-Times
A controversial pokie trust paid out nearly $100,000 to a racing group to buy a small piece of racetrack from one of its own club members. The grant made to Gallop South – thoroughbred racing’s umbrella body for Southland and Otago – was then paid to the Oamaru Jockey Club to buy a section of the Oamaru racecourse.

The move has been slammed by industry sources as “pure naked greed” and a “desperate way” to grab pokie funds.

The grant was made by The Trusts Community Foundation (formerly the Trusts Charitable Foundation), subject of several critical stories by the Sunday Star-Times, including its close relationships and multimillion-dollar grant funding of the racing industry. One source close to TTCF said it was a clear case of racing interests “coming up with desperate ways to rort gaming funds with the tacit aproval of an ineffective regulator”.
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21.2.13 DIA, SFO investigation #pokierorts

Russell Garbutt— “It is surely more than a passing interest regarding the latest TTCF rort, and it is illuminating that the DIA are not investigating.”
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Martin Legge— “Worse still this grant was approved in 2011, at the very time TTCF were supposedly under serious investigation by both DIA and OAG.”
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3 responses to “New Zealand rorts and sports —dependence on gambling and white collar crime

  1. I have no idea what the Ranfurly Shield is but the other day it apparently roused about 1,000 rugby supporters to make the biggest trip of their lives to Dunedin (International) Airport, to meet a local team carrying a wooden toilet seat.

    Garrick Tremain 26 Aug 2013 (lowres) Garrick Tremain (26 Aug 2013) marks the bold tradition, one that won’t surface again for another 56 years.

    $10 each from all attending the airport enclosure would’ve been a great down payment on Rugby’s $45M debt of public funding promised to stadium construction. But wait, maybe TTCF could find South Auckland pokie funds to assuage the wrath of Anti-stadium and allied wool knitters.

    Rugby: Time now to make some cash
    More dimes to be thrown down toilets for the s(up)port of kings.

    • Comment received, plus link.

      “The NZRU seem open and relaxed about its reliance of pokies. Perhaps then, it should release its own investigation report into the ORFU or simply instruct DIA to publicly release it. Instead, both NZRU and DIA are fighting to ensure it’s not released.”

      Experts suggest sports bodies’ dependence on the proceeds of gambling risks undermining their valuable roles as social contributors.
      See Herald graphic – ‘Taking the tainted $

      ### nzherald.co.nz 5:30 AM Wednesday Aug 28, 2013
      Taking the tainted money
      By Steve Deane
      Peter Adams has dedicated a good chunk of his life to studying the impact of using gambling proceeds to fund community projects. A former chairman of the Problem Gambling Foundation and a professor at Auckland University’s school of population health, he’s literally written the book on the subject. For Professor Adams, the issue is clear-cut: a funding model that relies on people losing money gambling, which taxes the poor through the concentration of gambling opportunities in their communities, and which lays waste to lives with the addictions it helps create, is no kind of model at all. Not for a moral society. It’s a view that isn’t always popular. Professor Adams has served on community boards that have sought to access gaming revenue for worthy projects. When he’s raised the issue of the harm associated with the money’s collection, and questioned whether it was morally correct to accept it, it hasn’t gone well.

      Those that continue to suckle at the gambling teet risk being viewed as “cynical, hard-hearted, grasping bastards”, says Dr Livingstone. “Sooner or later they are going to have to confront the reality that it is undermining their supporter base. People don’t like it.” [Dr Charles Livingstone is a senior lecturer at the school of public health and preventive medicine at Monash University in Melbourne.]

      “Frankly, if you are going to write a balanced piece you might need to start asking some balanced questions,” says an increasingly exasperated NZRU chief Steve Tew. The response comes during a long discussion about the NZRU’s submission on the Gambling Harm Reduction Bill. “All we were pointing out was what would happen if the revenue generated by gaming was lost,” Mr Tew says. “There was nothing in our submission that supports problem gambling or argues against trying to deal with issues that are generated by society that at the extreme end are not good for people.”
      Fine. So has the union ever submitted in favour of measures that would reduce the level of gambling money available to rugby, the Herald asks. “No, because we are not a moral watchdog. We didn’t make submissions on the gay marriage bill either. We don’t take a view on religion or abortion. That’s not our job. Our job is to inspire and unify New Zealanders by promoting the game rugby from the community level up to All Blacks. Frankly …”
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      Note:
      NZ Herald is running a series on the issues.

      Monday: Hooked on the money – sport’s dependence on gambling cash.

      Yesterday: Broken lives and rebuilt fields. A pokie dollar makes its way from Mangere East to Remuera.

      Today: Moral jeopardy. The troubled ethics of doing good things with bad money.

      Thursday: It wasn’t always like this. Life before gambling revenue.

      Friday: Where do we go from here? Can we break the cycle?

  2. Anonymous

    More professional rugby rubbish. This time front page news is three men pelting a semi naked man with snow? I think the Oddity has actually usurped its “big hairy fella” reporting and “naked rugby” videos. Truly this paper needs an advisory, not just to warn about the potential for viewing adult content but to avoid any internal conflict over individual thinking.

    It must be a curious world in the sub-editor pit.

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