The Charitable Gaming or Community Gaming Trusts and Companies, which operate machines in pubs and hotels under Class 4 Gambling, are required to distribute 40% of their revenue to not-for-profit community groups. By comparison, Casinos in New Zealand return less than 2% of their annual profits to these communities. Class 4 Gambling delivers approximately $250m per year. In addition, Class 4 Gambling provides Government with over $200m a year in taxes and levies, such as the annual payment of around $13m to the Ministry of Health to fund their problem gambling strategy.
Our policy is to return 90% of the funds available for grants to their local community of origin. The remaining 10% supports major and highly effective national causes like Breast Cancer Cure, Diabetes NZ, Surf Life Saving, Cystic Fibrosis Ass of NZ, Kids Camps NZ – important services for the wellbeing of Kiwis throughout New Zealand. New Zealand’s Community Class 4 Gambling Model really is unique and special. Nowhere else in the world do local community groups have access to funds such as those given away by the Four Winds Foundation Limited.
"Problem Gambling Awareness and Harm Minimisation training is good for the community and makes good business sense. Four Winds Foundation is proud of its regional New Zealand roots and the benefits the local communities gain from our gaming venues. The Four Winds Foundation training policies, and our responsible hosts who operate our venues, combine to ensure that our venues’ practices exceed legislation and regulation"