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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.