Funding blocked over gambling machine stance

 

Pub Charity, which operates gambling machines to raise money for charities, rejected an application for NZ$235,000 ($182,000) from Christchurch Cathedral for reconstruction, citing opposition by some Anglican groups to the machines. Pub Charity chief executive Martin Cheer said the church was being hypocritical and needed to take a consistent stand, but church officials say church groups are free to make their own decisions about such issues.