The Dom Post reports:
A developer’s plan to build a casino in Wellington appears doomed after Internal Affairs Minister Nathan Guy ruled out a law change required for it to proceed.
Backers of the proposed billion-dollar project in Shelly Bay – which also includes a luxury apartment block and a gondola at the prime harbourside site – need the previous government’s moratorium on new casinos lifted if the centrepiece of the development is to go ahead.
But Mr Guy, who has responsibility for gambling, said changing the law was not in the pipeline and, even if it was, doing so would be a lengthy process.
“Any change to the law would be a decision for the Cabinet and caucus and would require extensive discussion with the wider community,” he said.
“At this stage, the Government has no plans to change the law.”
That’s a real shame. It is bizarre that the Government thinks Wellingtonians can not be trusted to have a casino.
I don’t think there should be any limit on the number of casinos. There should be rules around how they operate, but I don’t see it as the role of the state to determine which cities or towns are allowed one, and which are not.