Category Archives: Land Based

News from New Zealand’s land based casinos.

Christchurch Casino’s Underground Lounge Opens on Friday

This Friday, Christchurch’s newest nightclub will open to the public. Mashina, located in the former underground car park of Christchurch Casino, will be making its debut this week, and members of the public are invited to check out this hot new venue. It has taken just over 3 months to build Mashina Lounge, and Christchurch…

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…

New Zealand Casino Operator Makes Big Plans in Australia

SkyCity is a casino operator that is based primarily in New Zealand. The gaming firm operates a number of casinos across the country, and has now decided to spread its wings in the Australian gambling market. Of SkyCity’s five properties, two are based in Australia. The company derives the majority of its business from Kiwi…

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…

Prime Minister Confirms SkyCity Convention Centre Job Estimates

Last month, Prime Minister John Key finalized the terms for the SkyCity convention centre deal. While the general public is concerned that the deal will result in increased problem gambling rates, Mr Key confirms that it will actually benefit the community by boosting the economy. To prove this, he has recently confirmed that the convention…

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…

Rejection For SkyCity’s Request For Another Smoking Area

SkyCity Auckland has recently presented a proposal to build a new smoking area on the property. The request was presented to New Zealand’s Gambling Commission, which recently turned it down due to the risk of exposing non-smokers to second-hand smoke. The smoking area was presented as part of a new outdoor gaming area that would…

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…

New Christchurch Casino Club To Be Named ‘Maschina’

Christchurch Casino will be home to a hot new nightclub called Mashina. The new entertainment venue will feature a Russian theme, bringing an entirely new experience to Christchuch’s nightlife scene. “It’s got a Russian background; Mashina means car or machine. We wanted something fun and funky,” says Blair McIntyre, Christchurch Casino’s casino food and beverage…