Court of Appeal clarifies NZ Gambling Act suspensions

    New Zealand’s Court of Appeal has clarified the country’s Gambling Act by ruling that suspensions, or cancelations of licenses for past one-off breaches can be imposed. 

    The Appeal judges said:  “Suspension provides a powerful incentive for operators to comply because, apart from anything else, suspension must inevitably impact on the operator’s relationship with its venue owners. The latter may look elsewhere for an alternative operator who complies with its obligations and avoids shutdowns.” New Zealand’s Department of Internal Affairs welcomed the decision. The ruling came about because of the department’s decision in December 2012 to appeal a High Court judgement that  found that the power to suspend operators cannot be used for imposing a penalty for past, non-continuing, breaches.