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Gaming and Censorship Appointment


The acting Chief Executive of the Department of Internal Affairs, Katrina Bach, has announced the appointment of Keith Manch to the position of General Manager, Gaming and Censorship.

Mr Manch is currently General Manager of the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, a position he's held since 1995.

In welcoming Mr Manch to the Department of Internal Affairs, Katrina Bach said his experience in working with industry and consumers to achieve better compliance with the law, at lower cost, would be of particular help in his new role.

He has worked closely with the private sector on developing codes of practice and disputes resolution processes and has an extensive background in investigation and compliance. Mr Manch began his career as a police officer, became an investigator with the Commerce Commission and went on to become National Manager in its Fair Trading Division where he played a significant role in developing investigation, enforcement and compliance policies.

Keith Manch will be responsible for the Department of Internal Affairs’ casino and non-casino gaming services which are established to help keep gambling in New Zealand fair and honest.

The Gaming Licensing Office licenses all non-casino gaming and issues certificates of approval for casino employees. The Gaming Compliance Office audits and investigates non-casino gaming activities. The Casino Inspectorate regulates all casino gaming activities.

Internal Affairs is also responsible for enforcing the provisions of the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993. The Censorship Compliance Unit also takes a proactive role in identifying people making, using or trading particularly objectionable material, such as child pornography.

Mr Manch takes up his new position later this month.

Contact: Colin Feslier 04 495 9460 025 575 676