Tag Archive: New Zealand casino news

John Key Not Keen on SkyCity Deal For Queenstown Convention Centre

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key shocked the general public when he signed off on a deal that would provide SkyCity Auckland with hundreds of new pokies in return for building the city’s new convention centre. Now, the public is even more shocked that John Key has rejected a similar deal for a convention centre…

SkyCity to Sponsor Queenstown Winter Festival

Today, SkyCity has announced that it will be a key sponsor for the American Express Queenstown Winter Festival for the next two years. SkyCity has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with the Winter Festival and looks forward to renewing its partnership with the iconic event. SkyCity Queenstown has been an important supporter of the…

SkyCity Keeps Quiet About Involvement With Queenstown Convention Centre

Earlier this year, casino operator SkyCity was named as the preferred operator of a new casino development that could be built alongside Queenstown’s new convention centre. Now, after the public has spoken out against the operator’s involvement, the project developers claim that they are unsure whether or not SkyCity is interested in building a casino…

Debate Over Anglican Pokie Funding Continues

Across New Zealand, churches and their members are disagreeing over whether or not they should accept grant money that is funded by the profits from poker machines. The Anglican Church recently denounced pokie funding, and some members of the community question whether or not it was the right decision. “The church has had ethical investments,…

NZ Government Comes Under Fire Over SkyCity Money Laundering Charges

This week, it was revealed that SkyCity Casino in Auckland is embroiled in a money laundering scandal with international crime syndicates. While the general public is shocked that the local gambling venue is involved in this type of criminal activity, The Greens have state that it comes as no surprise. After the scandal was revealed,…

North Taranaki Rejects Sinking Lid Policy Submissions

Across New Zealand, local residents are supporting government policies that aim to reduce problem gambling rates. Sinking lid policies are a popular option, as they prevent more pokies from being introduced into a particular community. In North Taranaki, residents pushed for this type of gaming policy to be introduced, only to be rejected by the…

Sky City Convention Centre Deal Finalized

After months of negotiation, Sky City and the New Zealand government have come to an agreement on their convention centre deal. The casino operator will build the $402 million venue in return for 230 poker machines and an extension of its gambling license. The deal has come under fire many times, and there was doubt…

NZ Politician Wants Pokies to Host Facial Recognition Technology

Facial recognition cameras are being touted as a means of reducing problem gambling rates across New Zealand. Installed in poker machines, the cameras would instantly identify problem gamblers and prevent them from wagering. Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell has suggested the idea, and local politicians seem to be interested in its potential. Facial recognition…

Whangarei Upholds Sinking Lid Policy

At the end of March, the Whangarei District Council met to discuss its Class 4 Gaming bylaws. The council was wanted to determine whether or not it would uphold the local sinking lid policy on poker machines. The issue was heavily debated at the meeting, but the council finally decided that the best course of…

Will Whangarei Maintain Its Sinking Lid Policy?

Today, Whangarei District Council will meet to discuss its Class 4 Gambling Bylaws. One of the important issues that is up for discussion is whether or not to maintain its sinking lid policy on pokies – and responsible gambling groups are urging council members to continue reducing the number of poker machines in the area….