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Regulations have been made under the Gambling Act 2003 to help achieve the objectives of the Act. Regulations apply to individuals and organisations that are authorised to operate gambling.

Recent amendments

The following amendment came into effect on 1 July 2020. This must be read in conjunction with the corresponding principal regulations.
  • Gambling (Class 4 Net Proceeds) Regulations 2004, Regulation 11A to improve the liquidity of the class 4 sector.
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Gambling (Venue Payments) Regulations 2016

These regulations specify the amount that can be paid to Class 4 societies can pay to venues for hosting gaming machines. Venues receive a commission payment based on the weekly turnover through the machines.
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Gambling (Fees) Regulations 2015

These regulations stipulate the fees that apply for licences and approvals under the Act and apply from 1 February 2016. The fees also contribute to the Department of Internal Affairs' compliance activity and the Gambling Commission.


  • 1 July 2020 — allows a freeze on class 4 venue fees at 2019/20 levels and a short-term fee waiver on some fees for class 4 gambling operators and casinos (related to the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic)
  • 4 Sept 2017 — to set the fee for casino venue licence renewal applications, and make mandatory the addition of a penalty for late
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Gambling (Problem Gambling Levy) Regulations 2019

These regulations came into force on 1 July 2019. The regulations apply to pub and club gaming machine, casino, New Zealand Racing Board and New Zealand Lotteries Commission profits. The levy reimburses the Crown for the cost of problem gambling services delivered by the Ministry of Health.

The levy rates are payable for the period from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2022 (both dates inclusive).
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Gambling (Class 4 Banking) Regulations 2006

These regulations apply to all Class 4 gambling venues, effective from 6 April, 2006. The 2006 regulations replace the existing venue licence condition 4 for venues.
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Gambling (Prohibited Property) Regulations 2005

The regulations set out which property must not be offered as a reward for, or used to reward a winner of, gambling.
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Gambling (Licensed Promoters) Regulations 2005

Licensed Promoters conduct gambling for a society. A society can employ a Licensed Promoter only for Class 3 gambling.
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Racing (Harm Prevention and Minimisation) Regulations 2004

Separate regulations for prevention and minimisation of harm have been created for the New Zealand Racing Board.
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Gambling (Harm Prevention and Minimisation) Regulations 2004

The harm prevention and minimisation regulations apply to gaming machines in pubs and clubs and casinos.


  • 15 June 2023 — Changes clarify the liable person for jackpot advertising and branding and ensuring harm reduction information is available in venues, make it easier to pay infringement fees, and also adds infringements to some existing breaches.
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Gambling (Class 4 Net Proceeds) Regulations 2004

The Class 4 net proceeds regulations apply to Class 4 operators. The regulations set out requirements for the retention of certain records and management of gambling equipment, the application and distribution proceeds, and the retention of net proceeds.


  • 1 July 2020 — a regulation to improve the liquidity of the class 4 sector.

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