Operational Update from the Department of Internal Affairs

30 March 2020

Kia ora koutou,

DIA acknowledges the immediate pressures facing the gambling sector, as a result of the Government’s decision to move to a level 4 emergency response to COVID-19. 

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New Harm Minimisation Database: CONCERN coming soon

20 February 2020

The National MVE (Multi Venue Exclusion) Administrator has been in touch with Clubs New Zealand to let us know that the Torutek (Designed and built the CONCERN Database) will be ready to launch very soon.

The National MVE Administration has been working with Torutek on various customizations, which is soon to be implemented. They are currently looking at how they can roll out this new database across to all Class 4 venues and what the implantation strategy will look like to ensure a smooth transition. The priority being that that no exclusions fall through the system during the transition.

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Gambits Newsletter - December 2019

19 December 2019

I marked six months as Director Gambling Regulatory System on December 5, while attending the National Association of Gambling Studies Conference in Hobart. The theme of the conference was “Intersections: where new technologies inform traditional practices and boundaries are blurred between gambling, gaming, risk-taking and behavioural addictions”. The presentations, panels and informal conversations reinforced my own observation that gambling is changing at a rapid pace worldwide and across the different modes, and that it is important for us all to keep our heads up and eyes out as to what the future might bring.

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Web Browser updates – Important information for Clubs accessing EMS reports

5 December 2019

In March web browsers (Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer, Edge, and Firefox) will be dropping support for some of the old security methods.  What does this mean to you?  If your web browser is still running old security, you will no longer be able to access many websites.  The biggest concern for clubs is access to the VMS or EMS for your gaming systems, especially but not limited to, if you are using an old windows xp or vista machine for this.

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Initial Sector Consultation - Future of Electronic Monitoring

13 November 2019

This week Clubs New Zealand staff were invited to meet with members of the DIAs project management team, as well as an independent lawyer to discuss the future of the Electronic Monitoring System.

Earlier this year the DIA formally established a project to examine options for the future of electronic monitoring in New Zealand’s class 4 industry.  This project is part of the Departments work to ensure that DIA can be an effective, modern regulator into the future, and achieve one of our key objectives of maintaining integrity in the gambling system.

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Gambits Newsletter - 15 October 2019

16 October 2019

Every month the Department of Internal Affairs sends out its Gambits: News for the Gambling System Newsletter. Below you will find the content included in the October 2019 edition.

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Update on Cashless Gaming Work

3 October 2019

For those clubs operating Class 4 Gaming, you will all be aware that back in June the DIA put out a call for expressions of interest from those wishing to be involved in a working group on cashless gaming.

Recently we received an update on the cashless gambling work, advising that based on feedback, the Department have decided to expand the scope of this work to consider gambling technologies more broadly.

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Need to replenish your Gaming Compliance Manual?

25 September 2019

It has been over six months since Clubs New Zealand launched the Clubs New Zealand Gaming Compliance Manuals. 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.

For clubs that operate gaming machines, we trust that these folders and the information and form contained within them have become a part of your everyday gaming activities.

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Gambits Newsletter - 3 September 2019

4 September 2019

Every month the Department of Internal Affairs sends out its Gambits: News for the Gambling System Newsletter. Below you will find the content included in the September 2019 edition.

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Online Gambling Public Consultation Now Open

1 August 2019

The Department of Internal Affairs has commenced its consultation on the Online Gambling in New Zealand Public Discussion Document.  

The Government is interested in knowing what is important to your organisation when it comes to regulating online gambling in New Zealand. The current Gambling Act is from 2003, and like a lot of legislation, it is being challenged by the increasing use of the internet.

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Gambits: Gambling Compliance - 11 July 2019

11 July 2019

Every month the Department of Internal Affairs sends out its Gambits: New for the Gambling System Newsletter. Below you will find the content included in the July 2019 edition.

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Gambling (Problem Gambling Levy) Regulations 2019

19 June 2019

The Gambling (Problem Gambling Levy) Regulations 2019 have been confirmed by Cabinet and will soon be notified in the New Zealand Gazette.

The Gambling (Problem Gambling Levy) Regulations 2019 will take effect on 1 July 2019 and introduce the following levy rates (GST exclusive):

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