'It's really wrong' - gambling venues preying on vulnerable, says Dr Lance O'Sullivan

A mega gambling venue planned for Tokoroa could get even bigger as three outlets are set to merge, meaning 30 pokie machines in one place.

It is also possible TAB facilities will be added when the Pockets 8 Ball Club's Shotz outlet, The Olde Establishment, and the Putaruru District Services Memorial Club join forces. 

Some have labeled the new venue predatory, with Dr Lance O'Sullivan one of them. 

"We see the product of children living in deprivation... literally on a daily basis I am seeing products of poverty-related disease," he told TVNZ 1's Breakfast. 

"To know there is something as complicit in this being supported by the council... I think it's really wrong."

He said these type of outlets are preying on a vulnerable community.

"I'm not saying putting the odd bet on the All Blacks isn't something people shouldn't enjoy now and then."

"What we've got here is someone sitting for eight hours on their own in a poorly lit room putting money they can ill-afford into machines."

A mega gambling venue planned for Tokoroa could get even bigger as three outlets are set to merge. Source: Breakfast


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Police investigating slaying of Upper Hutt woman Lois Tolley have list of 12 suspects

Saturday marks one year since Upper Hutt woman Lois Tolley was brutally killed in her home.

She was shot at point blank range and stabbed on December 9 in what police say was an "execution".

Lois Tolley was shot and stabbed in her home, and police are confident their investigation is making progress. Source: 1 NEWS

Yet, despite 12 months passing with no arrests, Detective Senior Sergeant Glenn Barnett says he remains "absolutely confident" police will find her killers.

His team has worked through more than 130 people of interest, narrowing them to a list of 12 men and women involved in either planning or killing Ms Tolley or assisting her killers after the attack.

Cathrine MacDonald, the mother of Lois Tolley, appealed for help today in the search for her daughter's killers. Source: 1 NEWS

This has allowed police to piece together a "full picture" of what had happened but more evidence was still needed to lay charges, Det Sen Sgt Barnett said.

"Over the course of the investigation we have spoken to at least 15 people," but up until this point, this group had refused to co-operate with the investigation, he said.

"We are seeing this attitude slowly changing with a number of people starting to come forward with valuable information.

"However, we still need more of the people, who have spoken with the offenders, to contact us."

It comes after Lois Tolley's mother, Cathrine, and more than 50 friends gathered in an Upper Hutt park on October 10 this year to remember her.

The 30-year-old was shot dead at point blank range in her home, no arrests have been made. Source: 1 NEWS

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Search continues for missing Canterbury woman Emma Beattie, who hasn't been seen for a week

It has now been a week since 20-year-old Emma Beattie went missing in Canterbury.

Ms Beattie was last seen on Friday night at her home in Fernside around 11pm just outside the town of Rangiora, 30km north of Christchurch.

She has not been in contact with friends or family since.

Police are continuing their search efforts this morning and remain focused on the Ashley River area and properties of interest. 

Yesterday, specialised dog squads were brought in to help search for the missing woman.

Police say they are very concerned for her wellbeing.  

Emma has long blonde hair, is about 5'7" and is believed to be wearing orange and black Nike shoes.

She may also be carrying a small brown backpack with cream-coloured rope straps and may have had some Beats headphones with her.

Emma Beattie, 20, was last seen on Friday night with the search now narrowed to the Ashley River area. Source: 1 NEWS