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News and Views – March 2022

News and updates

May 2022

Working Capital Ratio

Section 11A of the Gambling (Class 4 Net Proceeds) Regulations 2004 was inserted on 1 July 2020 to ensure that the Class 4 sector can continue operating and avoid getting into financial difficulty. This policy now extends to clubs, and requires an amendment to your licence conditions.
Reporting requirements have also changed from monthly to annually.
For more information, please view:

Russia Sanctions Act 2002

The Russia Sanctions Act 2022 (the Sanctions Act) was enacted on 11 March 2022 after military actions began on 24 February 2022 in relation to Ukraine. The Sanctions Act enables New Zealand to enforce sanctions in response to Russia’s military actions (and by countries or persons who may be assisting Russia).


While every New Zealand person has responsibilities under the Sanctions Act 2022, the casino operators and NZTAB have a duty to report reasonable suspicions of dealing with sanctioned and associated persons promptly to the Police.

For more information, please view our factsheet:

How Aotearoa Gambled During 20/21

The latest Gaming Machine Profits Dashboard has been published. This gives us a picture of gambling spend in Aotearoa 2020-21.

How Aotearoa gambled in 2020-21 (Data and statistics)

Regulating Gambling for Aotearoa New Zealand: $2.63 billion was spent on gambling in Aotearoa in 2020/21. This was a 17% increase on the previous year. On average, each New Zealander over 18 spent $662 on gambling.

Full infographic about Aotearoa’s gambling spend in 2020-2021 (PDF, 794KB)

Correction to December 2020 and March 2021 GMP Data

On 24 August 2021, we corrected the December 2020 and March 2021 quarter GMP series for the Auckland Council – Franklin district and total GMP. The data was first published in February 2021. Some GMP had been excluded from reporting due to a venue licensing issue. We regret the error and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Correction to March 2020 GMP Data

On 24 August 2021, we corrected the March 2020 quarter GMP series for the Southland, South Taranaki, South Waikato and South Wairarapa Districts. The data was first published in August 2020. It was due to a manual data error where GMP figures were swapped in these districts. We regret the error and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Correction to December 2019 GMP Data

On 26 May 2021 we corrected the December 2019 quarter series for Hurunui/Kaikoura and total GMP. The data was first published in February 2020. It was due to a manual error where the GMP for Hurunui/Kaikoura was reported as lower than was correct. We regret the error and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Data and Statistics


Research and reports

2020 Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL) reports – effects of gambling on well being

DIA worked with Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL) to investigate a framework for assessing the costs, and benefits of gambling, that could be applied across the 4 main platforms (Class 4 (pokies), Lotto, TAB and Casinos). The framework was applied to Class 4 in a second stage of the research.


Assessing the effects of gambling on wellbeing in New Zealand (PDF, 2MB)

Harm minimisation research

A summary of key findings has been collated to support territorial authorities when reviewing and assessing gambling policies


Summary of key findings from Ministry of Health gambling research

Gambling research and evaluation (Ministry of Health)

DIA gambling research and reports

DIA periodically commissions reports on certain aspects of the gambling sector, to support policy, operational, or corporate decision making.

Contact us:

For any queries email
gambling@dia.govt.nz
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Press Releases

A record of press releases issued by the Gambling Compliance Group of the Department of Internal Affairs.

Media contact:

If you would like to have your organisation added to the Department’s distribution list for media releases about gambling issues, please email media@dia.govt.nz.

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