Pokie machine ban irks publican - About 30 pokie machines run by the Grassroots Trust in Rotorua have been temporarily shut down after financial issues, but a local publican says the community will ultimately suffer. Vice-president of Hospitality New Zealand and local publican, Mr Hennessy, said the decision of the department missed the mark by penalising the community and pokie machine operators, while the trust's board and management faced no penalties whatsoever. "There is simply no justice or common sense in this approach. Why are the trustees and managers not being fined? Department of Internal Affairs Gambling Compliance director Debbie Despard said the department was satisfied the trust had taken the appropriate action.