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We deliver community wellbeing through reducing gambling related harms.

As New Zealand’s gambling regulator, we work to ensure New Zealanders can enjoy safe and fair gambling that efficiently and equitably contributes to community wellbeing.

The Gambling Group ensures that gambling in New Zealand is run by trusted operators, that harm to gamblers is minimised and that New Zealand communities benefit from the proceeds of gambling. 

We regulate across multiple modes of gambling including casinos and classes 1-4, and undertake gambling licensing, compliance and enforcement functions in order to achieve the purposes of the Gambling Act 2003. 

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Our next releases

The planned 24 August 2021 issue of Gambits has been postponed while we are under COVID lockdown Level 4. This issue will be released as soon as we move out of Level 4 restrictions.

After that issue, we plan to release the next issues of Gambits at the end of October 2021, then mid-December 2021 and then at the end of February 2022.

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

Covid-19 Information for Gambling Sector

We are communicating with industry representatives about interim changes to how regulated parties are expected to comply with the Gambling Act, as they transition through the New Zealand Government’s Alert Levels.

Read more on COVID-19 Information for Gambling Sector