In New Zealand, gaming machines have been permitted to operate outside casinos since 1988.
There are now more than 19,000 such machines operating in this country. They are all owned and operated by trusts or clubs. The trusts are bound by the Gambling Act 2003 to raise funds to benefit the community. Accordingly, charitable gaming trusts do not derive “profits” in the commercial sense.
CGA members currently grant around $240 million per year to a mix of sporting, educational, health, arts and other charitable purposes. A similar amount is contributed to the Government in GST and duty.
The Community Gaming Association (CGA) was formed by New Zealand gaming machine trusts that collectively own around 75% of gaming machines outside casinos.
All members pursue a central objective of maximising financial returns to the community. CGA supports that objective through the development of standards, policies and procedures. CGA also helps members work together to share technical information and improve operational methods.
Working for community benefit demands more than compliance with the letter of the law. It also requires an ethical commitment. In the CGA Charter, CGA members publicly declare a voluntary commitment to best practice in the provision of responsible gaming.