Online gambling or casinos is both legal and illegal in New Zealand. But before we get into that, New Zealand is proactive when it comes to security and monitoring the casino industry in the country.
The Department of Internal Affairs, Ministry of Health, and other entities (both government and non-government) are directly involved in addressing gambling-related issues.
Now, casino games and gambling, heck even sports betting are allowed in New Zealand. There are many casinos and racetracks all over the country.
It’s a little different for online casinos or gambling though.
Now, let’s dissect.
Online Gambling is allowed for players
Kiwis can participate in online gambling. They can sign-up for accounts, place bets with real money, and all of that.
There are hundreds of online casino websites accessible in New Zealand.
But, here’s the twist in this story.
Online Gambling operation is illegal in NZ
That’s right, you can avail online gambling services in New Zealand, but you can’t provide these services and operate within New Zealand. That is why all online casinos Kiwis engage with are based overseas.
Making news these days in New Zealand is the partnership between GiG (Gaming Innovation Group) Malta and SkyCity in New Zealand. The two launched a New Zealand-facing online casino based in Malta.
So basically, it’s an online casino operated by a New Zealand company. The launch made it through without violations.
But, the Department of Internal Affairs is still concerned about this. They think that the growth of online gambling in the country will result in an increase in gambling addiction. They have already taken a step to tackle this. They are planning to ban the use of credit cards for online casinos.
There are still no updates if the proposal will make it through. To stay notified, make sure to keep reading our magazine.