The law relating to gambling has become a lot more complex in New Zealand over the last two decades.
It has almost become a specialist topic in itself.
The Government keeps a very close eye on breaches of the law and there is no form of gambling in New Zealand which does not have to be licenced apart from the minor kind of small raffle for a sports or cultural club or for a charity referred to below.
Genuine Sales Promotion Prizes are also exempt.
Gambling debts have traditionally fallen into the category of being the fruits or profits of an illegal contract. As such, they cannot be recovered in a Court.
See the Illegal Contracts Act 1970 which you can access immediately by direct link below.
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We also provide you with a direct link to the Government legislation site where you can look up ALL Acts of Parliament and Regulations and Rules. An Act is also known as a Statute. A Regulation is also sometimes known as a Rule. This Government legislation site is still going through some teething problems. But you will be able to access all legislation and find specific Acts and Rules and individual sections.
Local & Private Acts
The same process is used if you are looking for a Regulation, although you obviously push the 'Regulations' button first.
However, if the gamble is a legally licenced game of chance or betting event, then a citizen could sue successfully if someone "welshed" on the bet.
However, the above Act does give the Court to " grant relief " in cases where it thinks it just to do so.
Therefore, it is not an abs
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