Online gambling is a hot topic in New Zealand these days. With the pandemic shutting down all land based casinos, more and more Kiwis are making their way into online casinos.
There is no shortage of options either. You have the likes of Jackpot City, Betway and Casumo offering unique products. The games library eclipses those found at land based casinos ranging from online pokies to table games to progressive jackpots.
With an increased interest in online gambling, the Department of Internal Affairs has taken upto itself to release a summary of the feedback regarding online gambling in New Zealand.
The initial discussion document was made available in July last year with an aim to feedback on regulations surrounding the gambling industry in New Zealand.
In little over two months, nearly 3000 participants expressed their views surrounding this topic. Topics included highlighting opportunities in the market as well as addressing concerns such related problem gambling.
Consultation meetings were also held in August 2019 all over New Zealand in areas such as Wellington, Porirua, Auckland, South Auckland and Christchurch. These meetings were primarily held with groups that work tirelessly to deal with issues of problem gambling.
The Department of Internal Affairs have released the findings to thank those that contributed to the submission. The time and ideas contributed by the participants will serve as the basis for setting up regulation.
A report summarising the submissions received can be found at: www.dia.govt.nz/onlinegamblingconsultation