In the first half of 2022 (six months only) $4.8 million was spent on pokies in the Waipā district. Just under 10 per cent of that (nearly $483,000) came back to the local community in the form of community grants.
In Waipā community grants went to a range of organisations including youth groups, sports clubs, ecological initiatives…and more.
You can find out more about where pokie money goes at www.granted.govt.nz
For more information about gambling in New Zealand go to www.dia.govt.nz/gambling