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November/December 2016

We’re looking forward to the next round of Regional Gambling Sector Forums which will be held in the following locations:
  • Wellington (Tuesday 22 November)
  • Christchurch (Wednesday 30 November)
  • Auckland (Tuesday 6 December)
  • Dunedin ( Thursday 8 December)
Agenda for the Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland regional forums, including venue details and times:
DOC (139KB)
, PDF (152KB)*

Agenda for the Dunedin regional forum, including venue details and times : DOC (138KB), PDF (108KB)*

If you have any questions regarding the Regional Gambling Sector Forums, please email

May 2016

The latest series of Regional Gambling Sector Forums were held from 16 May to 26 May in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Approximately 100 people attended these forums.

The presentations are below if you weren’t able to attend, or would like to view these again.

We appreciated the high level of engagement and discussion at each forum. Thank you to all participants.

If you have any questions or feedback regarding the forums, please feel free to email us at

Regulatory Craft – Controlling risks, solving problems and managing compliance

In this session, Gareth Bostock, Director Gambling Compliance, presented on Regulatory Craft; regulators understanding their regulatory environment, working collaboratively and using the right tool at the right time to achieve outcomes.

Gareth also provided examples of Gambling Compliance’s current and upcoming work programme to highlight how the work we are undertaking supports the notion of Regulatory Craft and our recently introduced Vision and Objectives for the Class 4 sector.

The Sector View – presentations by society board chairs

In November 2015 we introduced the ‘Sector View’ session into our forum agenda. This time we invited the following society board chairs or trustees to share their views of what’s important for the Class 4 sector:
  • Dunedin - Evan Moore, Board Chairperson, The Southern Trust
  • Christchurch – Rohan Welsh, trustee, CERT Your Local Gaming Trust
  • Wellington – Alan Isaac, Chairperson, New Zealand Community Trust
  • Auckland – Simon Whyte, Chairman, The Lion Foundation
The presentations at each forum provided attendees with plenty of insight of the governance role of a Board and the strategic direction of their organisations.

We would like to thank Evan, Rohan, Alan and Simon for their time.

Policy Update

In this session Dan Brown, Manager Policy (Bruce Atmore, Senior Policy Analyst, presented in Dunedin) provided an update on the Class 4 sector review, commission-based venue payments, and a couple of other key policy projects. Dan also facilitated a discussion to ask attendees for their views on the key challenges facing the Class 4 sector.

Ensuring funding decisions are making the greatest impact

We invited Dave Adams, Head of Government Strategic relations, Sport New Zealand, to present on how societies can ensure their grants make an impact. Dave shared some insights into the promotional opportunities available to Class 4 societies and also shared his views on some of the ways Sport NZ could support societies in this work.

Health Promotion Agency (HPA) – Gamble Host Initiative Phase 2

Hannah Booth, Manager Minimising Gambling Harm HPA, updated attendees on the planned initiatives for phase 2 of the Gamble Host Initiative project. Phase 2 includes venue staff training materials, a Harm Minimisation Policy template, ethnic specific resources and a Gamble Host Award.

Ministry of Health Update

Dr Tai Kake presented on the new
Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm (2016/17 to 2018/19), provided an update on recent key gambling research projects, and signalled the upcoming innovation research round.

Multi-Venue Exclusion (MVE) Programme update

Neove Christoforou, Senior Advisor Sector Initiatives, updated attendees on the outcomes of the MVE review and discussed some of the next steps for the programme.

November 2015

The latest round of Regional Gambling Sector Forums were held from 2 November to 16 November in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin.

There was a good turn-out, with over 100 people attending, and each forum generated interesting discussion and debate. Thank you to all who attended and participated in these forums.

If you weren’t able to attend the forums or would like to view the presentations again, you can find the presentations below.

For any questions or feedback regarding regional forums, please feel free to email us at

Health Promotion Agency (HPA) Gamble Host Pack Roadshow

We were excited to be able to combine these forums with the official roll-out of the Health Promotion Agency’s (HPA) Gamble Host Packs.

These materials have been developed to help venues and staff more easily meet their gambling host responsibility obligations and to better enable interactions between staff and gamblers where there is some sign gambling harm is occurring.

Led by the HPA, the development of the pack has been a collaborative effort with the Department of Internal Affairs, and the Ministry of Health, with the support and input of societies and problem gambling service providers.

Hannah Booth, Manager Minimising Gambling Harm, HPA, took us through the new materials and the next steps for this initiative. It was also positive to hear attendees’ support for these resources and their plans for distributing the materials to venues.

More information on the Gamble Host Packs or to view the materials, visit the Choice not chance website.

The Regulator’s Vision and Medium Term Objectives for the Class 4 Sector

In this session, Raj Krishnan, Director Gambling Compliance, introduced attendees to the Department’s vision and objectives for the Class 4 sector.

Raj also facilitated a discussion on partnership and attendees shared their views on the areas where we should be working in partnership to provide mutual benefit.

The ‘Sector Perspective’ - Jarrod True, Harkness Henry

We have introduced a new slot to the forums where we’re inviting the sector to share their views in a presentation and Jarrod True agreed to be first up.

Jarrod is a partner in the law firm Harkness Henry, where he specialises in advising Class 4 societies. He is also the author of the NZ Gambling Law Guide.

We are grateful for the time Jarrod took to attend all four forums.

In this presentation, Jarrod shared his views on the sector and the regulator’s performance.
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