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