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Auction of house classified as remote interactive gambling

21 January 2009

NEW ZEALAND -- As reported by Radio New Zealand: "The Department of Internal Affairs is warning would-be home buyers not to take part in an online auction for a Christchurch house.

"The couple selling the house are using an internet auction, where prospective buyers pay $100 for a ticket and place a bid between one cent and $1,000.

"The four-bedroom house, which has a rated value of $594,000, will go to the lowest unique bid.

"However, Debbie Despard from the Department of Internal Affairs says the auction is illegal under the 2003 Gambling Act.

"Ms Despard says the auction is classed as remote interactive gambling and is therefore illegal..."

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