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Gaming and Censorship Regulation Group - Te Ropu Takiari, Whakamatau

NOTE: On 1 March 2004, the functions of the Gaming and Censorship Regulation Group were transferred to a new Regulation and Compliance Branch, which also incorporated some of the functions of the Policy Group. Information on this page will be updated in due course.

The Gaming and Censorship Regulation Group ensures that gaming is fair, honest and lawful, and upholds community standards of censorship, including regulating the possession and supply of objectionable material and the public display of publications.

The group's key operating concepts are risk-based intervention, so resources are focused on issues of highest priority, while encouraging industry self-regulation.

Gaming Compliance conducts audits of gaming machine societies and other kinds of gaming, including instant games, housie, lotteries, prize competitions and licensed promoters. Staff investigate complaints from the public and in some cases instigate prosecutions.

Gaming Licensing licenses non-casino gaming activities, including prize competitions, housie, lotteries and other games of chance. It undertakes licensing of casino employees.

Casino Supervision and Inspection is responsible for inspecting and maintaining casinos. It conducts compliance audits, ensures on-going suitability of certificate of approval holders, investigates incidents and patron complaints and ensures that casinos comply with the Casino Control Act.

Censorship Compliance is responsible for inspections of videos, films, books and magazines, and electronic media sites under the Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993. It investigates public complaints, issues official warnings and instigates prosecutions where necessary.

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