Category Archives: Law & Society

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

No Funding Cut For Problem Gambling Foundation

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Last year, the Ministry of Health sparked outrage by pulling funding from the Problem Gambling Foundation – but the organisation was not going to go down without a fight. For the past year, the Problem Gambling Foundation has been fighting the decision, and its hard work has finally paid off. This week, it was announced…

NZ Pokie Funds Involved in FIFA Scandal

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This month, FIFA shocked the sports world when it was revealed that the football organisation has been involved in various corruption scandals. Now, it seems that the local pokie market may be involved. According to a Scoop report, Stephen Williamson – chairman of the Auckland Football Federation – was once a chair for CueSports. From…

Does a Smaller Convention Centre Mean Fewer Pokies?

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Recently, the design of the SkyCity Convention Centre has received a makeover. It is much smaller than it was originally made out to be, and some responsible gambling advocates believe that this should effect the number of pokies that SkyCity receives in turn for funding the new building. Originally, the cost convention centre was budgeted…

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…