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New Zealand Casino Services director quits

6 July 2007

NEW ZEALAND -- As reported by the New Zealand Herald: "National frontbencher Gerry Brownlee has quit as a director of a casino consulting company so he is free to speak out without claims of a conflict of interest.

"Mr Brownlee said he had been a director of New Zealand Casino Services for about six weeks, alongside Christchurch Casino's former chief executive Stephen Lyttelton and former gaming manager Peter Arbuckle.

"The pair quit the casino last month citing concerns for their safety, prize-draw fixing, financial irregularities and loan sharking as reasons.

"Internal Affairs has launched an inquiry into the casino's operations, but the casino's board says it has followed the law and the two managers have failed to substantiate their claims.

"...The claims of dodgy dealings at Christchurch Casino come amid broader concerns about the state of New Zealand's casino industry..."

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