Gambling in New Zealand and how it has changed

Originally Posted on Wednesday Jan 13 11:15:00 GMT 2010

When the first ships arrived in New Zealand bringing new settlers to the country, they brought with them a love of gambling.

Things have changed hugely over the years with gamers able to enjoy many forms of gambling including an amazing array of online casinos.

The new settlers passion was for horse racing and it is easy to see how that particular interest has progressed over the centuries.

The passing years have seen great enthusiasm for sports gambling in New Zealand.  The dramatic rise in the profile of the All Blacks rugby team has been a contributor to the gambling passion.

The online gambling laws in New Zealand are somewhat confusing and many people would like to see a system that is completely legalised.  The supporters believe that many positive benefits would ensure.  It would be hoped that controls would make sure that gambling was safer and bring a bigger choice of online gaming for New Zealand players.

Kiwis are traditionally sports mad and with that comes a desire to gamble on the results on sporting events.  Of course, this may result in some people developing a problem with gambling.

For this reason the Ministry of Health is charged with looking at solutions to the problem.  Their recommendations are passed on to the Gambling Commission and Internal Affairs.

There are also many organisations that can help people who acknowledge that they may have a problem gambling habit.

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