Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Gaming Review acknowledges value of racing

18 October 2001 Media Statement
Gaming Review acknowledges value of racing

Minister for Racing Annette King says the Gaming Review recognises the value of racing as a business as well as being a community activity.

Internal Affairs Minister George Hawkins today announced Government decisions in the Gaming Review, and Mrs King said she was particularly pleased with the outcomes for racing.

“The TAB retains its monopoly on race and sports betting and will be the only New Zealand gaming provider allowed to operate over the Internet. Subject to the agreement of casino managements, the TAB will also be able to establish agencies in casinos, while racing clubs and the TAB will continue to be allowed to operate gaming machines under licence.”

Mrs King said gambling was “a recreational activity that should be primarily used to raise funds for the community. Racing is our oldest gaming industry and is a significant part of our culture. New Zealand was the first country in the world to establish the TAB, which is internationally acknowledged for its integrity.

“Racing is important to New Zealand with exports of around $155 million per year and thousands of people employed. While racing’s share of the gaming market has declined, the TAB now has technology offering secure, responsible Internet betting services. The Responsible Gambling Bill will allow the industry to utilise this technology to benefit the industry and the wider community.”

Other decisions from the Gaming Review are:
- No more casinos will be licensed, and existing casinos cannot expand;
- There will be limits on the number of gaming machines on any site --- nine for new sites but existing sites will retain their current 18-machine limit;
- Gaming machines will be electronically monitored;
- Communities can veto new gaming sites; and
- There will be a public health approach to problem gambling issues.

“We need to minimise harm caused by problem gambling, including controlling the growth of gambling. We don’t need more gaming operators. We just need to manage what we have in a responsible way,” Mrs King said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Populism’s Changing Of The Guard, Plus A Soul Music Playlist

The weekend’s Newshub/Reid Research poll results - Act up to 11.1%, National up 1% but still sitting at only 28.7%, Labour down to 43%, the Greens up to 8.5% - shows that the combined centre right vote is still languishing nearly 12 points behind the combined centre-left vote, 45 months after the last centre-right government was voted out... More>>


Finance: Finance Minister And RBNZ Governor Agree To Update MOU On Macro-prudential Policy

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orr have updated the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on macro-prudential policy to further protect the financial system and support the Government’s housing objectives... More>>

Government: Offers Formal Apology For Dawn Raids
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has today formally apologised to Pacific communities impacted by the Dawn Raids in the 1970s.

Between 1974 and 1976, a series of rigorous immigration policies were carried out that resulted in targeted raids on the homes of Pacific families... More>>

Government: Bill Introduced To Protect Against Conversion Practices

Legislation has been introduced to Parliament to protect against practices intended to change or suppress someone’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression... More>>


Human Rights Commission: Successive Governments Responsible For Massive Breaches Of The Right To A Decent Home

Te Kahu Tika Tangata / Human Rights Commission has today launched Framework Guidelines on the Right to a Decent Home in Aotearoa and announced that it will hold a national inquiry into housing... More>>

NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>




InfoPages News Channels