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New Zealand Gambling Law Changes Begin Tomorrow

30 June 2004

NEW ZEALAND – As reported by the New Zealand Herald: "Sweeping law changes that will control the growth of gambling venues and restrict internet gambling come into effect tomorrow.

"It will harder to get gambling licences and easier to lose them, the Department of Internal Affairs said in a statement today.

"The Gambling Act, which was passed last year and comes into effect tomorrow, does not allow for any more casinos and stops the six existing ones expanding their operations.

"…The number of operating pokies has already been reduced under the act, and local authorities' policies will play a key part in how those numbers change, the department said.

"The act also allows interactive gambling by internet, cellphone and television, but only through the Lotteries Commission and the TAB.

"New Zealanders will be able to bet on overseas websites…"

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