Gambling law changes in New Zealand if government changes

    Published in: Latest IntelligenceNew Zealand’s gambling industry has a lot riding on the outcome of upcoming general elections on Sept. 20th, with opposition parties threatening major changes to the law, including tougher restrictions on pokie machines if elected.New Zealanders spent more than $2 billion ($1.6B) on gambling in 2013, up just $7M ($5.6M) from the previous year, according to official figures.Racing and sports betting, spending on lottery products and casino gambling all increased while spending on gaming machines in pubs and clubs dropped.However, when adjusted for inflation total gambling expenditure in 2013 was down by almost 19 percent from the peak recorded in 2004.Talk of changing the gambling laws stem from concern about the effect of pokie machines, which are mainly found in pubs and clubs in less affluent areas. There is one pokie per 465 people in wealthy areas but one per 75 people in poorer areas.Prevalence studies...

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