Former pokies addict Michael Demchy on his struggle with gambling away a fortune in machines. (Video first published in 2018)
Upper Hutt gamblers fed more $10 million into pokie machines over a year but the community got less than 8 per cent of that back from the trusts that run them, the Problem Gambling Foundation says.
But the council is not looking at limiting the number of pokies in the community.
The foundations chief executive officer Paula Snowden has criticised the Upper Hutt City Councils exclusion of a sinking lid policy in its latest draft gambling policy which went out for consultation last month.