The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation



Playing cards and gaming chips

We administer and enforce casino and non-casino gambling regulation in New Zealand.

Mystery Shopper campaign

We initiated a mystery shopper campaign that sent undercover gamblers to casinos, pubs, and hotels to test whether patrons showing signs of potential gambling addiction to pokie machines were adequately dealt with by venue staff.

Mystery Shopper campaign

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Gambits is our newsletter of gambling issues. It provides information about the Department's recent work and significant issues in the gambling sector.

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    Gambling provides a source of funding for community groups

    Gambling and lottery activities provide funds for community groups through grants.

    Application forms are available from societies (typically via a website), some community networks such as Citizens' Advice Bureaux, and often at gaming machine venues.

    You must send your application directly to the society and not through a venue. The society must deal with you directly and not communicate with you through the venue.

    Further details on funding for community groups