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New Zealand Problem Gambling Foundation Criticized

Members of the Charity Gaming Association are disappointed the Problem Gambling Foundation should make sweeping assertions about the charity gaming sector to support excessive demonization of gaming machines.

New Zealand Poker Warnings Bill Rejected

International News Brief: A New Zealand parliamentary committee on Monday rejected an attempt by Sky City to scuttle Government plans forcing it to put electronic messages on poker machines warning gamblers how much they have lost.

New Zealand Pokie Revenue Gets $35m Safeguard

International News Brief: The Department of Internal Affairs has signed a $35 million six-year contract with a gambling technology company to supply an electronic monitoring system for pokie machines in an attempt to safeguard money intended for community groups.

Woman Kidnapped for Gambling Money

International News Brief: The kidnapping of a Chinese woman was carried out to make quick money after the alleged suspects gambled and lost at the casino, says an explanation posted on the internet.

Sky City Acquires Remaining Casino Shares

International News Brief: Sky City Entertainment today said it had acquired the remaining shareholding in Waikato casino Sky City Hamilton.

New Zealand Slots Numbers Down Slightly

The latest statistics of pokie machine numbers show that, in the 18 months since the Gambling Act came into force, there has been a 3% drop in machine numbers across the Auckland Region now 6,741 machines.

'Casino' in Name Isn't So Lucky

International News Brief: A new regulation that prevents New Zealand bars from having the word 'casino' in their names has cost at least one local bar owner about $1000.

New Zealand Punter Loses Big

International News Brief: A rugby punter has lost tens of thousands of dollars during the IRB International Sevens Tournament in Wellington.

Rotorua Customer Wins at Skycity Hamilton Casino

A Bay of Plenty resident went home with $10,000 from SKYCITY Hamilton casino as the first ever major sweepstake winner from Rotorua.

Skycity Throws Party of the Year

Skycity’s New Year’s Eve party will take on a carnival theme this year.

Problem Gambler Sparks Investigation

International News Brief: The Dunedin Casino is under investigation after a woman, who put $5 million across their tables, was jailed for stealing $500,000 to feed her gambling habit.

Skycity Queenstown Casino to Become Smokefree

Skycity Queenstown Casino said today that it is prepared for the introduction of smoke free legislation on 10 December 2004 and that a smooth transition is expected as the days count down to the enactment of the new law.

New Zealand Courts Endorse Government Pokie Limits

International News Brief: The Court of Appeal has endorsed New Zealand government limits on how much pubs should be paid to host poker machines.

New Zealand Schools Set to Lose Millions

New Zealand’s National's Education spokesman, Bill English, says schools are poised to lose millions of dollars when new gaming laws come into effect.

Mother Who Left Child In Car While Gambling Avoids Jail Sentence

News Brief: Two North Canterbury women who left a six-year-old girl in a car while they gambled and drank in the Christchurch Casino have avoided a jail term.

Chinese Student Gambles Away Stolen Money

International News Brief: Gambling was the downfall of a Chinese student who took part in a sophisticated bank-related swindle.

Sky City Upbeat Despite Smoking Ban

International News Brief: Sky City is upbeat about future growth despite facing uncertainty and a $10 million hit to the pocket as December's smoking ban looms.

New Zealand Slots to be Monitored

International News Brief: New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs says all of the 22,000 gaming machines in pubs and clubs around the country will be electronically monitored within two-and-a-half years.

New Zealand Contests May Break Gambling Laws

International News Brief: New Zealand’s Internal Affairs is investigating two text messaging competitions which it believes may be illegal following changes to gambling laws earlier this year.

Mother, Grandmother Abandon Child to Gamble

International News Brief: A mother and a grandmother have been jointly charged with willful neglect after a distressed six-year-old girl was found in a car outside Christchurch Casino early today.

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