Total Wage Subsidy Amounts Received by Gambling, Tobacco, Religious Cult and the Sex Industry Businesses

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From: Adam Irish

Dear Ministry of Social Development,

Under the Official Information Act what was the total level of public funds spent on the wage subsidy that went to the following businesses:

Gambling based businesses:
Dunedin Casino.
Christchurch Casino.
SkyCity Auckland.
SkyCity Hamilton.
SkyCity Queenstown.
Skycity Wharf Casino.
Racing NZ
NZ Lotteries
Gaming Machine Societies:
Kaiwaka Sports Association Incorporate
Racing Industry Transition Agency
Youthtown Incorporated
First Light Community Foundation Limited
Constellation Communities Trust Limited
The Lion Foundation (2008)
Pelorus Trust
Dragon Community Trust Limited
Oxford Sports Trust Inc
The Bendigo Valley Sports And Charity Foundation
Kiwi Gaming Foundation Limited
Ilt Foundation
Four Winds Foundation Ltd
Trillian Trust
Grassroots Trust Limited
Air Rescue Services Limited
Blue Waters Community Trust
Trust Aoraki Limited
New Zealand Community Trust
Mainland Foundation Limited
The North And South Trust Limited
The Akarana Community Trust Limited
Redwood Trust Incorporated
Manukau Counties Community Facilities Charitable Trust
Bluesky Community Trust Limited
Mt Wellington Foundation Limited
Milestone Foundation Limited
Infinity Foundation Limited
The Trusts Community Foundation Limited
Trust House Foundation
Pub Charity Limited
The Southern Trust
One Foundation
Rano Community Trust Ltd

Tobacco based businesses:
British American Tobacco
Imperial Tobacco
Philip Morris International
Pacific Cigar
Scandinavian Tobacco

Religious Institutions:
Destiny Church
Gloriavale Christian Community

And total funding/level of wage subsidy provided to strip club and brothel businesses.

Yours faithfully,


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Tçnâ koe Adam Irish

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Tçnâ koe Adam Irish,


Please find attached the Ministry’s response to your Official Information
Act request.


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Official and Parliamentary Information team   |  Ministerial and
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Ministry of Social Development


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