Gambling Amendment Act 2005 (No.1 & No. 2)
The New Zealand Gambling Amendment Act 2005 No.1 is a NZ gambling law which revises certain provisions and definitions in the Gambling Act 2003. The purpose of this Amendment to the Principal Act (Gambling Act 2003) was to provide better coverage for all parties involved in the operation of gambling as Class 4 licence holders. However, later that same year the Gambling Amendment Act 2005 No.2 further revised the Principal Act to include expanded definitions, interpretations, and procedures. Gambling laws in New Zealand are usually considered traditional if accepted and established for many years or new due to recent acceptance of gambling, both tend to require some editing.
What Did the Amendments Do?
The Gambling Amendment Act 2005 No. 1 came into force on April 21st, 2005. This amended Act repealed the Principal Act’s paragraph (b)(iv) under Section 4 (1) definition of a Key Person and substituted the previous wording for the following subparagraphs found in (iv). The definition is expanded to include any person who is a director, chief executive, or senior manager of a venue operator. Exceptions are made for the following – persons holding office, or elected or appointed ownership under the Sale Liquor Act 1989 which could mean a member of a licensing trust elected or a trustee of a community trust holding office or appointed to office. Details and conditions are further explained in the Act document which can be found in our Resources Section.
The Gambling Amendment Act No. 2 came into force December 15th, 2005. This second amendment changed the interpretation of games rules via altering the definition to include some descriptive words. The amendment to the Principal Act also omitted a paragraph of words from the definition of “Housie”. The amendment also adjusted Class 1 & 2 gambling definitions as well as a clarification that one is not the other. The second amendment also requires gaming machines profits to be banked, as well as, amending for the adjustment of affected transactions, tweaking definitions for the Principal Act’s content and conditions of a promoter’s licence, and adjusting power to make game rules. These changes are minor but provide significant use concerning legal procedures and jurisdictions. All amended Acts can be read through our resources section found at the bottom of the page.
Timeline of 2005 Amendments to Gambling Act 2003
On 30/11/04, the Gambling Amendment Bill 2005 (No.1) introduced
On 14/12/04, the Gambling Amendment Bill received its first reading
On 21/2/05, the Gambling Amendment Bill was sent to the Select Committee
On 12/4/05, the Gambling Amendment Bill received its second reading, was sent to the Committee of Whole House and received its third reading
On 20/4/05, the Gambling Amendment Bill was granted Royal Assent
Later that same year, a second revision came and was labeled the Gambling Amendment Bill 2005 No. 2, this Bill was able to skip four steps and be directly heard in the Whole House Committee at the start of this Bill’s life.
On 8/12/05 the Gambling Amendment Bill No. 2 was sent to the Committee of Whole House and received it’s “third reading”
And on 14/12/05 the Gambling Amendment Bill No. 2 was granted Royal Assent.
What Are the Gambling Amendment Acts No. 1 & No. 2?
The Gambling Amendment Act 2005 No.1 amends the Gambling Act 2003 to exempt licensing trust members and trustees of the community trusts from the definition of “Key Persons” in Section 4 of the Act in relation to Class 4 venues. The Gambling Amendment Act 2005 No. 2 provided interpretations and expanded classifications and meanings for Class 1 and Class 2 gambling, and adjusted words to Principle Act requirements.