The industry has been severely re-regulated from 1 July 2004. A limit on casinos has been imposed (no new casinos). Although no statutory limits have yet been placed on gaming machine numbers, territorial local authorities have been given the power to regulate numbers and locations in their areas. As a result, many have introduced "sinking-lid" policies and others capped number policies.
Our team has been involved in the past on applications for casino licences and is currently advising on gaming machine licensing related matters. We advised Pub Charity which was granted the first gaming machine licence in New Zealand in 1988.
We currently advise Endeavour Foundation, Infinity Foundation, The Trusts Charitable Foundation, Grassroots Trust and the Upper Hutt Cosmopolitan Club, all of which own and operate gaming machines. We also advise grant recipients.
Areas of expertise include compliance advice, amending licences, applying for licences, advising on legislative changes, making submissions on new legislation, liaising and negotiating with the Department of Internal Affairs and appeals to the Gambling Commission.
New Zealand Gambling Law Guide
(click here to view online) peer reviewed by Alastair Sherriff