New Zealand Casino Charity Rules May Change
According to the current legislation, 40; Income from slot machines operating outside of specialized establishments must be donated by owners to charities – even if they are affiliated. However, full-fledged casinos sometimes do not pay even 1%. The NZ Gambling Commission is considering how to address this injustice.
For a casino, the amount of donations depends on what is written in the license agreement. The establishments fulfill their obligations, but the rates for them are relatively low. For example:
- Christchurch Casino – 3% of net profit or 250 thousand dollars, but not with a free choice, but the amount that will turn out to be larger, and this is for a license for 15 years;
- Dunedin Casino – 1% profit in favor of local communities and another 52 thousand dollars separately, for the treatment of gambling addiction;
- Although this is less than 1% of the profit, SkyCity- half a million dollars, which caused great objections from competitors.
Other establishments usually spend more, on the order of 2-3% of the profit, and Wharf Casino broke the record for responsibility, donating 20% in the first year of operation and adding 1% to this rate every year for ten years.
However, the Problem Gambling Foundation believes the current approach to the problem is fundamentally wrong. According to representatives of the organization, donations from gambling establishments do not help those who are addicted to gambling because of them. It would be much more correct to improve the elimination of citizens who may have problems due to gambling than to cure them later. Experts believe that the declaration of good goals as a measure of partial justification of casino risks is unfair.