New Zealand’s Gambling Act 2003 was approved on September 18, 2003, and is administered by the Department of Internal Affairs. The main goal is to allow legal, fun, and productive casino and gambling services in the country.
According to the law, casino locators can organise, use, manage, supervise, and operate gambling and/or gambling equipment. It also allows them to distribute turnovers such as money prizes and meeting costs.
Not only that, but they are also able to sell tickets to people wanting to gamble and promote gambling.
All this is allowed, as long as they follow the rules written under the act. Not only the Department of Internal Affairs but the entire government inNZ wants to achieve the following with this law.
Control and monitor the gambling industry
The casino or gambling industry is a big one, not only in New Zealand. There will always be a large number of consumers or gamblers if you will. The casino industry in NZ is growing and the government wants to keep that growth organized and monitored.
With growth comes more opportunities for providers, but also illegal operations.
Avoid and minimise the negative effects of gambling
Just like all countries with casinos, gambling addiction is a big issue in New Zealand. It’s not always jackpots. There are several reports of gambling addiction or problem gambling all over the country.
People’s lives are getting messed up personally, professionally, financially, mentally, and even physically.
Promote responsible gaming
The law not only prevents casino operations getting out of hand. It also helps people understand and apply responsible gaming for everyone to enjoy, the right way, the legal way.
Give and refuse authorisation
Opening and operating a casino or gambling services in NZ is regulated. That means authorising those providers following the law and refusing those who are not. This creates a fine line between what’s right and what’s wrong.
Ensure fairness, integrity, and respect for all
This one is for both providers and consumers. It goes hand in hand with responsible gambling. A provider must be fair with their operation and give everyone the chance to lose and win.
Restrict illegal activities
The law is also strict in making sure illegal casinos and gambling operations never set up shop in New Zealand. Whether it is offline or online, NZ is targeting casino operations getting out of line. Unfortunately, there have been reports of confirmed illegal gambling activities.
But, the government with the help of the organization and the people, are working together to stop these activities.
Give the community a say with gambling provision
The law also values the opinion and feedback of the people when it comes to casinos and gambling. It is important to get their side on matters related to these factors.
Casino or gambling money must contribute to the community
Just like most laws in New Zealand, the Gambling Act 2003 also encourages casino providers to give back to the community. These businesses or companies make millions of dollars. A small amount of that profit will surely benefit millions of lives.