Category Archives: Law & Society

News posts relating to legal and social issues in teh world of Slots gambling.

New Gambling Laws for New Zealand’s Spot Prize Draws

New Zealand’s gambling laws are undergoing some significant changes this year. The Department of Internal Affairs is set on revamping gambling regulations in order to better benefit the community. These changes have mostly consisted of reinforcing restrictions on pokies and casino gambling, but a recent change will actually clear some red tape. This week, Internal…

The Greens Propose Harm Minimisation Strategy

Responsible gambling advocates argue that the SkyCity convention centre deal will be harmful to the local community. SkyCity Auckland will receive 230 new pokies and 40 new table games in return for building the capital’s new convention centre, and there are mounting concerns that this will cause an increase in problem gambling rates. To offset…

The Greens Protest SkyCity Deal With Cardboard Casino

The Greens have been against the SkyCity convention centre deal since Day 1. They have argued that the deal could be harmful, as adding 230 new pokies has the potential to cause an increase in problem gambling rates across Auckland. Now, to prove their point, The Greens plan to construct cardboard casino in Aotea Square…

Minto Accuses Mayor Of Flip Flop on SkyCity Deal

SkyCity’s convention centre deal has been a controversial issue in New Zealand. Many residents oppose the idea of relaxing local gambling laws in return for the casino operator’s offer to build Auckland’s new $402 million convention centre. One person that supported the plan from the beginning was Mayor Len Brown, but he has recently denounced…

Zynga Pulls Real-Money Casino Application

Today, Zynga has officially withdrawn its application to enter into Nevada’s online gambling market. For months, the company has been preparing to launch a real-money casino in the United States, but a last-minute decision will see the social gaming operator focus more on free-play games. The company has issued a statement about the decision: “Zynga…

Judges Rules on Auckland Casino Smoking Lounge Battle

For months, New Zealand’s Cancer Society and SkyCity has been embroiled in a battle over the casino’s Diamond Lounge smoking area. The Ministry of Health used its open air calculator to prove that the lounge should allow smoking but Justice Rodney Hansen has stated that it is not substantial proof. Over the years, SkyCity has…

Queenstown Casino Trust Awards Funding for 40 Community Groups

This week, the SkyCity Queenstown Casino Community Trust has awarded forty community groups with generous grants. A total of $95 000 was distributed by the trust to a number of good causes across the Queenstown Lakes District. “This funding is about recognizing and supporting groups that do such integral work in contributing to the wellbeing…

Internal Affairs Weighs in on Pokie Grants

The Harm Minimisation Bill is undergoing the submission process, and local organizations want to voice their opinions on the legislation. One of the most outspoken groups is the Department of Internal Affairs, which wants to see more money donated to pokie grants and increased transparency during the process. Current gaming laws require all gaming operators…

No Pokies Decline in Kaikoura

Over the course of the past few weeks, Kaikoura residents and gaming officials have been at odds over the issue of pokies in the community. The district council has reviewed each side of the debate, and it seems as though the number of games will remain the same. Members of the Kaikoura District Council decided…

Is SkyCity Dangerous For University Students?

This month, local residents are weighing in on the SkyCity convention centre deal, which will allow the casino to add 230 new pokies in return for building Auckland’s new convention centre. Many concerns have been raised about the casino’s existing pokies, and responsible gambling advocates are worried about their effects on local students. According to…