Here you will find news articles and updates relevant to the club industry. Please note that circulars are only visible to club representatives that are logged into the Clubs New Zealand website.

Clubs New Zealand Gaming Compliance Folders Available to Order

6 October 2022

In 2019 Clubs New Zealand introduced the Clubs New Zealand Gaming Compliance Folders, which were provided to each member club operating Class 4 Gaming.  The folders were produced by Clubs New Zealand with support from the Department of Internal Affairs and legal experts, with the simple aim of assisting clubs improve their compliance with the Gambling Act and The Gambling (Harm Prevention and Minimisation) Regulations 2004.

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Why recording your Class 4 observations and interventions is so important

8 September 2022

Every venue that operates Class 4 Gaming Machines has a responsibility and obligation to monitor their customers for signs of problem gambling.  A key part of the monitoring process is recording observations and interactions, so that informed decisions can be made as to whether a customer is experiencing gambling harm, and whether an intervention or further action is required.

You must have a formal process for recording observations and interaction, this usually comes in the form of a logbook. 

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Update on publication of GMP data at venue level

13 July 2022

You will be aware that late last year the Department consulted on the release of GMP data at venue level.  Clubs New Zealand provided a submission in opposition of the release of venue level GMP data, as we believe that doing so is a serious health and safety issue that increases the risk of armed robbery, and places employees lives at risk.

The Department of Internal Affairs have provided an update on the consultation on the publication of GMP data at venue level.

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Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm

27 June 2022

Today, Minister of Health, Hon Andrew Little and Minister for Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti publicly released the 2022/23 to 2024/25 Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm.  This release is ahead of the strategies formal launch later this week at the International Gambling Conference.

As outlined within the Ministers statement the new strategy focuses on strengthening public health approaches and service responses to gambling harm by putting communities, tāngata whaiora and whānau firmly at the centre of a service. 

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Recording Exclusion Order Breaches within the CONCERN Database

23 June 2022

Section 311 of the Gambling Act 2003 outlines the requirements to remove a person who enters a gambling venue in breach of an exclusion order, once you have removed that person the Act and Regulations are pretty silent on what you should do next.  

The CONCERN Database has introduced breach notification functionality, this will enable venue managers and the National MVE Admin to add in breaches against an excluded person.

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Harm Minimisation Training Update

9 June 2022

At Clubs New Zealand we are committed to host responsibility and providing club committees, management and staff with the tools, resources and knowledge that enables them to build a culture of care.

Since the beginning of 2022 Clubs New Zealand has held 24 Harm Minimisation Training Courses which were attended by more than 148 Club Employees, and we are not done yet.

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Gambling (Problem Gambling Levy) Regulations 2022

2 June 2022

The Gambling (Problem Gambling Levy) Regulations 2022 have been confirmed and were gazetted on 26 May 2022.

The Gambling (Problem Gambling Levy) Regulations 2022 will take effect on 1 July 2022 and introduce the following levy rates (GST exclusive):

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DIA to commence unannounced inspections and visits

6 April 2022

The Department of Internal Affairs have announced that they will be commencing unannounced casino and venue inspections and visits.

As you will no longer receive advanced warning of a visit, it is critical that you review your gaming operations and be prepared.

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Club input into the DIAs Reducing Pokies Harm Consultation

31 March 2022

The Department of Internal Affairs is currently calling for submissions on its discussion document "Reducing Pokies Harm" with the aim to strengthen regulations (rules) to minimise harm from Class 4 Gambling in New Zealand.

Clubs New Zealand is preparing a submission as well as guidance for clubs to be able to make their own submissions and we hope to have these available soon.

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Concern Database: New Functionality

23 February 2022

The Salvation Army Oasis team are rolling out a new Breach notification functionality on the CONCERN database that will assist with the management of exclusion breaches.

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Proposed changes to gambling operational policy - Have your say!

16 November 2021

Kia ora,

We are making changes to our operational policy regarding gaming machine profits (GMP) data and are inviting you to have your say.

The proposed change will allow select permitted users that need detailed data to carry out their work access to GMP data at an individual venue level. This is different to our current approach, where we publish GMP data at the territorial district level on our website every quarter.

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New Zealand EMS Sector Website Launch

10 November 2021

Intralot New Zealand are pleased to announce from the 1st October 2021, a new EMS Sector website will be launched for all Society, Venue and DIA users.

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