Now, this proved a bit interesting. As I am sure everyone who applies for money has discovered, TTCF no longer has any machines in Christchurch City. A gander at the DIA’s website shows movements in Class 4 gaming trust affiliation. It looks like in Q3 last year the one venue TTCF did have has moved over to Pub Charity. We also have Trust Aoraki losing a venue last year, to Youthtown, and a wee bit of swapping amongst the larger ones.
So this explains a lot. I had done a bit of a calculation of how much each gaming trust gives to
Canterbury groups (based on my database, over three years 2015 to 2017), and then looked at the number of gaming trusts (publicly available 2018 data from the DIA’s website), and got some interesting numbers.
The third, Youthtown, is a bit of a mental exercise for me too, and in fact something I just twigged to when challenged last week. They have their own gaming trust, which, according to their annual report, in 2017 contributed $6.1m to their national operations. This is not then allocated back down to local operations.
Their authorised purposes are:
- Development and operation of Youthtown programmes and facilities
- Encouragement and development of amateur youth sport and facilities in established and legally constituted sporting organizations
- Financial support for community based organisations that provide direct or indirect benefit to youth
I can also see that I have a bit of a hole in my data, in that I don’t have anything for Four Winds. Ooops. I thought I could get away with it, but I see their reporting is pretty difficult to analyse, and it won’t be a five minute job! That said, they are fairly small, and their data will not change the narrative that pokies contribute over 50% of grant funding into Canterbury. I’ll fix that up in a bit.
Pub Charity looks interesting: as at the end of 2018 they had 18% of the machines, but in 2017 were only responsible for 9.3% of the gaming trust money into the region. Of course there could be many reasons for this: that they have picked up two venues of competitors (which they have and not lost any), that the machines they manage are not as profitable as the others (and there is no way to check out this hypothesis), that they give more to national causes or that Canterbury money leaks to other regions. I’ll look at these last two when I next review them, which should be sometime in Q4 as their financial year end is 30 September.
So this has proved to not look at TTCT at all – which to be honest won’t actually take that long when I get to it as not much has been approved! I will get to it, but this view of pokie machines, is I think, something just a wee bit different from what I’ve looked at before.
I write about this stuff as believe that as need to understand where funding comes from, where it goes, and how it gets there. These organisations are legal. However the potential for conflict of interest is reasonably high when we are talking money. As a community we allow these organisations to operate, and as a community we need to ensure we have oversight over the organisations they choose to fund. Love to talk with you if you think this is at all interesting, and if you want to dive into the data a bit more then happy to do so. Check out my website http://www.delfi.co.nz/