Category Archives: New Zealand

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Armageddon Expo Showcases Kiwi Gaming Achievements

New Zealand is home to a huge population of gamers. From poker machine punters to console video games fans, there are thousands of individuals across the country that are interested in the world of gaming. For Kiwis with this niche interest, there is the Armageddon Expo, which showcases new and exciting games in the international…

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…

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…

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…

Study Reveals Insight Into Problem Gambling Services in New Zealand

Problem gambling is a prevalent issue in New Zealand, and it is important to develop effective methods of treatment for compulsive players. To determine which types of treatment are the most successful, researchers at the Auckland University of Technology studied a number of counselling methods. Today, they have revealed their findings. Titled Effectiveness of Problem…

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…

New Zealand Punters Spend $2 Billion On Betting Annually

The New Zealand Racing Board has recently released figures about the country’s gambling market. Its findings may come as a shock to some, as the report states that Kiwis spend upwards of $2 billion on sportsbetting every year. The Racing Board, which runs New Zealand’s TAB, earned $144.1 million from July 2012 to July 2013….

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…