Gambling Advertising Regulations in New Zealand Will Soon be Tightened
New Zealand is looking to tighten up gambling advertising regulations in the country. The stricter regulations are for all online gambling companies or operators who offer “free-to-play” loopholes to advertise their services and attract players to the sites to wager for real money. Local media outlets reported that the New Zealand Internal Affairs is looking to tighten up regulations, so the said operators will face penalties. They said that the practice is a “clear indicator that current legislation is no longer fit for purpose,” therefore stricter guidelines must be enforced.
Tracey Martin, Minister for Internal Affairs said, “These are all new developments we just don’t have legislation for. These companies are going to push their way into this country, and we have to put in place updated legislation to manage that. If you leave a space, then someone will fill it.”
Martin also acknowledged that with the current legislations, there is basically nothing the government can do with the “free-to-play” advertisements that define gambling. Martin is pleading with her department to enforce gambling advertisers and their activities to abide by gambling laws in the country and restrict the false allurement of online sites.