In a recent High Court hearing, the Gaming Machine Association of New Zealand (GMANZ) sought a judicial review of certain aspects of the Department of Internal Affairs’ (DIA) new gambling regulations.
The final phase of these regulations will be implemented on December 1. This has prompted concerns from industry representatives about the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed measures.
GMANZ, while supportive of regulations aimed at minimising harm, raised issues regarding the lack of proper consultation in the development process. The judicial review proceedings are expected to assess the extent of consultation in developing the new regulations and their provisions, including the extent of the surveillance of all players and the reporting requirements imposed.