Category Archives: Land Based

News from New Zealand’s Land-based casinos.

Pokie Funding Document Released

Since the Gambling Act was introduced in 2003, there has been a decline in the amount of money being spent on pokies, which has led to a decline in community funding. To help rectify the issue, the New Zealand government is in the process of conducting a review that will take a look at the…

New Harm Minimisation Suggestions from The Greens

As Sky City and Prime Minister John Key continue to finalize the terms of their convention centre deal, responsible gambling advocates are becoming increasingly concerned about its effect on problem gambling rates. To help prevent a rise in problem gambling spending, The Greens have proposed some harm minimisation measures for SkyCity. “The Green Party intends…

Sinking Lid Policy May Apply to All of Dunedin

The year, Dunedin’s city council decided to enact a sinking lid policy on poker machines in the south of city. The plan is beneficial because the area has one of the highest concentration of pokies in the country, but politicians are now wondering if the sinking lid policy should apply to the whole city. South…

Symposium Focuses on Gambling Effect On Children

On August 23, St John in the City hosted the Wellington Symposium, which focused on the effect that problem gambling has on the lives of young people. The event attracted a wide range of interested, and industry experts, gambling researchers and young people were in attendance. Jiroh, 11, and sister Jireh, 12, spoke at the…

Judge to Weigh in on SkyCity Smoking Ban Exemption

For years, New Zealand’s Cancer Society and the Ministry of Health have been at odds over smoking lounge in SkyCity’s VIP area. Now, the Cancer Society has enlisted in Justice John Hansen to decide whether smoking should be permitted in the area once and for all. The Diamond Lounge is considered an open area, allowing…

No SkyCity Deal for Queenstown Yet

Over the course of the past few weeks, rumours have been circulating that SkyCity will be building a new casino and convention centre in Queenstown. Local politicians were outraged at the fact, and made their concerns known during a Q & A with Mayor Vanessa van Uden. She put these worries to rest by announcing…

SkyCity To Purchase Wharf Casino

SkyCity is expanding all over New Zealand’s gambling market. Last week, the casino operator introduced a bill that would expand SkyCity Auckland’s gambling license for another 20 years and is now making plans to purchase Lasseter’s Wharf Casino in Queenstown. The Commerce Commission has recently granted SkyCity permission to purchase the gambling venue, which is…

Sky City Convention Centre Bill Passes First Reading

Last week, SkyCity and Prime Minister John Key finalized their plans for the Auckland convention centre deal. The proposal was presented as a bill to the local senate, and passed its first reading – but not by very much. The deal will see SkyCity build Auckland’s new convention centre, investing $402 million into the project….

New Christchurch Casino May be a 24-Hour Venue

Christchurch Casino is currently in the process of building a new underground nightclub in a parking garage below the gambling venue. The new hot spot is expected to generate more business for the casino, and it is possible that it may be open 24 hours a day. In Christchurch, local politicians have proposed the introduction…

New Zealand Gambling Spending Expected to Increase

In New Zealand, health experts are concerned that gambling spending will continue to increase over the course of the next few years. Despite politicians’ efforts to reduce the potential harms of gambling, experts believe that Kiwis will continue to spend more money on betting, pokies and the lottery. The experts believe that lottery spending will…