Clubs New Zealand meeting with the DIA
9 July 2020
Earlier this week Larry and Lucy met with senior members of the team at DIA, Lisa Docherty, Chris Thornborough and Eugene Lees for a "post COVID" catch up and discussion.
How to add exclusions to the concern database
9 July 2020
The National Exclusion Database CONCERN is scheduled to go live later this month. The new system will enable venues access to an online web portal (venue profile page) that will have the option to add exclusions and also accept MVEs and will have a list of all active exclusions for that venue (think much less paper and much faster process).
Clubs New Zealand Response to the white paper - ending community sector dependance on pokie funding
24 June 2020
Last week we were made aware of a White Paper produced by the Problem Gambling Foundation, Hāpai Te Hauora and the Salvation Army titled ending community sector dependence on pokie funding that was distributed to Councillors across New Zealand.
Update on the new National Exclusion Database - CONCERN
18 June 2020
You will recall way back in February we shared details of the new National Exclusion Database CONCERN. The new system will enable venues access to an online web portal (venue profile page) that will have the option to add exclusions and also accept MVEs and will have a list of all active exclusions for that venue (think much less paper and much faster process).
Operational Update #5 from the Department of Internal Affairs
12 May 2020
Preparing to operate at Alert Level 2
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement about New Zealand starting to move to Alert Level 2 from 14 May 2020, Class 4 gambling operators will need to prepare to operate under the Alert Level 2 guidelines.
DIA has updated its website with information on operating at Alert Level 2.
Operational Update #4 from the Department of Internal Affairs
1 May 2020
Operation of gambling venues under COVID-19 Alert Level 2
This update relates to the operation of casino and class 4 gambling venues under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 conditions. It should be read alongside and is subject to any guidance provided by the Ministry of Health for public venues for Alert Level 2.
Operational Update #3 from the Department of Internal Affairs
23 April 2020
COVID-19 relief measures for clubs
Further to our update on 7 April 2020, we continue to monitor and assess the impacts of COVID-19 on the gambling sector.
Read this before turning your gaming machines back on
22 April 2020
Phil Lamberg of Aristocrat has provided some advice for clubs (which will apply to all gaming machine brands) to reduce the amount of issues that may arise from having your gaming machines off for weeks.
The main message is to NOT turn all EGM's back on at the same time as this can cause major faults.
Operational Update #2 from the Department of Internal Affairs
8 April 2020
Exercising leniency in relation to Regulations 10 and 11
Further to our update on 27 March 2020, we continue to monitor and assess the impacts of COVID-19 on the gambling sector.
To directly address issues relating to
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.
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.
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.