Post29 ManInMaskWithFallingCards 920x425 - 4 Classes of Gambling in New Zealand

The Kiwi has four classes of gambling and each class is clearly defined by the Gambling Act of 2003. The Gambling Act of 2003 is basically only for New Zealanders and is conducted within the borders of New Zealand.

The laws were designed by the government to minimize the harmful effects of gambling. The Kiwis are some of the most enthusiastic and active players in the world and gambling in New Zealand has become a billion-dollar industry.

The original framework for the laws was based on the existing laws found in the UK, France and the US.

The Gambling Act of 2003 also allowed a more lenient approach to gambling and it resulted in more pokies and fruit machines operating within the different hotels and establishments in New Zealand.

The act has undergone changes and amendments in 2005 and 2015 and this is to allow better regulations and enforcement by the government. The players have also received better protection from casinos giving everyone a fair chance of winning.

The Gambling Act of 2003 defines the four classes of gambling:

Class 1

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Class 1 is basically for individuals that wagers in their own private setting. The law also states that prizes should not be greater than NZ$500.

Class 2

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This is for society or clubs that offer to gamble but prizes only fall between NZ$500 to NZ$5,000. The turnover must also not exceed NZ$500 and should not be more than NZ$25,000.

Class 3 & 4

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This is applicable to major casino operators that offer table games and/or electronic gambling machines. Casino operators should have a license issued by the Gambling Commission.

Casino operators in New Zealand are normally renting from hotels and resorts. So before they could get a license to operate they have to first pass the provisions under the Rental & Property Law of New Zealand and the Employment Laws.

Casinos must operate under conditions where the safety and health of their clients and employees are protected.

And since casino operators also go to great lengths in guaranteeing the well-being of their own employees the safety measures also extends to the guests.

Post16 FiveSlotMachines - SkyCity Online Casino for Kiwis

The SkyCity Entertainment Group have announced a partnership with Gaming Innovation Group (GIG) to launch a new online casino aimed at Kiwis. According to BestNewZealandCasinos.com the online casino will he owned by a subsiduary of SkyCity Entertainment Group that will be based in Malta.

New Zealand Online Gambling Law

New Zealand’s Gambling Act of 2003 does have a provision related to online gambling. The act itself states.
Section 9(2)(b) of the Gambling Act 2003 prohibits remote interactive gambling. The definition of remote interactive gambling includes “gambling by a person at a distance by interaction through a communication device.
Communication devices can be defined as:

  • Computers
  • Telephones
  • Smart Phones
  • Tablets
  • Radios
  • TVs
  • or similar devices
  • Prohibited Gambling

    Gambling is prohibited and illegal unless it is:

    1. authorised by or under this Act and complies with this Act and any relevant licence, game rules, and minimum standards; or
    2. authorised by or under the Racing Act 2003 and complies with that Act and any regulations made under it; or
    3. private gambling.

    The following types of gambling are prohibited and illegal and are not authorised by and may not be authorised under this Act:

    1. Bookmaking
    2. remote interactive gambling

    Exceptions to the rule

    Remote interactive gambling does not include gambling by a person in New Zealand conducted by a gambling operator located outside New Zealand.

    This is the reason that SKYCITY Malta ltd was created in Malta. It was to allow SkyCity to accept New Zealand casino players. Even though SkyCity Entertainment Group is located in New Zealand and operates SkyCity Auckland, the subsidiary that owns the casino will be based outside of New Zealand, making it completely legal for it to service Kiwis

    Will SkyCity Online Casino be able to advertise?

    It is unlikely that SkyCity will be able to promote its online casino to its existing player player base as the law clearly states:
    Advertising overseas gambling is prohibited under section 16 of the Gambling Act 2003. An overseas gambling advertisement is any communication that publicises or promotes gambling, or a gambling operator, when that gambling, or operator, is outside New Zealand. It is also any communication that is reasonably likely to induce people to gamble outside New Zealand. Section 16 makes this an offence under the Gambling Act and carries a fine of up to $10,000.

    More Information on the casino

    Best New Zealand Casinos has an excellent review and detail on what products and features will be available at the SkyCity Online Casino.