|The New Zealand government has decided that the future of entertainment was online, and has followed the lead of the UK in amending its outdated gaming laws. The government voted in favor of a bill which allows the New Zealand Lotteries Commission to go cyber and accept play over the Internet.|
The bill was met by cannon fire from the usual suspects including the Christian Right, but the bill proves that New Zealand is on top of the times and recognizes that progress spans change. The most contentious portion of the bill was certainly its iGaming component, which drew comments like, 'It will split families and turn the moderately wealthy into the poor,' from New Zealand First MP Peter Brown.
The gaming reform also extends into off-line gaming and includes provisions for New Zealanders to bet more in Poker Machines, reflecting the effects of inflation since the time of the writing of the last act.
The government is also planning to engage the industry in discussions on a proposed problem gambling levy to ensure that the liberalization of the law wont result in the detriment of New Zealand society.