Consultation on problem gambling strategy and levy for 2019/20 - 2021/22

23 August 2018

The Ministry of Health has released proposals to refresh the integrated “Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm 2019/20 to 2021/22”, and review the problem gambling levy. A consultation document is available online for anyone who would like to make a submission.

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Second quarter pokie statistics

16 August 2018

The latest quarterly statistics on pokies in pubs and clubs released by the Department of Internal Affairs continue recent trends with increasing gaming machine profits but decreasing gaming machines and venues.

The headline statistics for April to June 2018 show:

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Are your ClubCare Resources up to date?

5 July 2018

Under the Gambling (Harm Prevention and Minimisation) Regulations 2004 the holder of a class 4 venue licence must make available to players pamphlets providing information about the odds of winning on gaming machines, information about the characteristics of problem gambling and how to seek advice for problem gambling. In addition to this the venue must display signage that is clearly visible to all players that encourages players to gamble only at levels they can afford and contains advice about how to seek assistance for problem gambling.

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Pause the Pokies for Gambling Harm Awareness Week

21 June 2018

This year, Gambling Harm Awareness Week (GHAW) is taking place 3 - 9 September. The Problem Gambling Foundation (PGF), Mapu Maia, Asian Family Services, and several community partners are inviting clubs to participate in a nationwide ‘Pause the Pokies’ campaign as part of this important awareness raising week. This involves venues turning off their pokie machines for one hour during GHAW to increase community awareness of gambling harm.

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Gambling Compliance - 11 June 2018

14 June 2018

Qualified Auditors

The Department of Internal Affairs have been advised by the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants that the person who audited financial statements for two clubs for the 2016 and 2017 financial years is not a qualified auditor.

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DIA Mystery Shopper to become a part of regular compliance activity

14 June 2018

Last week the Department of Internal Affairs released information on mystery shopper scenarios that will form part of the 'rolling mystery shopper' campaign for Class 4 venues. Unlike the previous Mystery Shopper Exercises that were conducted over a specific time period and across a small segment of the industry, the new campaign will take place as part of the departments regular compliance activity - meaning that every Class 4 venue should expect to be mystery shopped.

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Class 4 Gaming - Pre Filing Review

17 May 2018

Are your machines driving you round the bend? Do you find it frustrating to get your licence approved? Do you know the difference between Direct and Indirect costs? What about Equity issues and Authorised Payments? Then there's depreciation and 'actual, reasonable and necessary costs' to consider.........!!! Max Carr (CA) from Maruth-on Consulting can help.

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The Art of Illusion

26 April 2018

'Public Health' is taxpayer funded academic flim-flam.

Illusion is all about distraction. The magician aims to capture your attention long enough to perform their trick. The same applies to a field of social science called Public Health. The practitioners of this dark art spend their time creating social problems that don't exist. These great distractions are designed to allow them to perform their real magic; tricking governments into handing over taxpayers' money.

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Dolphin Treasure Case Sinks

19 April 2018

Australian Federal Court loss takes huge toll on Alliance credibility.

The Alliance for Gambling Reform was calling it "The Great Pokies Trial" and spent nearly two years compiling their best possible arguments that poker machines were misleading, deceptive and designed to create addiction. In the end they failed spectacularly.

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Gambling Compliance - 11 April 2018

12 April 2018

Regional Workshops: successful pilot and future plans

The Department’s regional workshop pilot has come to an end. Starting in Napier on February 7 and finishing in Whangarei on March 6, staff from the Department and the Health Promotion Agency (who worked with the Department to create these workshops) engaged with around 370 people from clubs, venues, societies, and service providers. Following the feedback we received from the pilot we intend to continue hosting events in regions outside of New Zealand’s main centres throughout the year.

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Compliance Update - Department of Internal Affairs

1 March 2018

In the latest issue of Gambits from the Department of Internal Affairs, they have put together a round up of some recent issues that they have been made aware of and questions they often receive. Below is a copy of the round up and we recommend you have a read now if you haven't already.

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Gambling Compliance - Regional Workshop Invitation

1 February 2018

Regional workshops: An opportunity for venue managers, operators and other regionally based stakeholders to engage with the Department face-to-face.

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