With the latest advancements in technology, online casinos are ever so popular in the world, and players from New Zealand seem to follow this trend. The history of gambling in the country is quite rich, and at the moment it seems it goes in the right direction.
Although land-based casinos are legal, and there are 6 of them based in the biggest cities in the country, the online gambling sector remains illegal, in a way. Despite pressure from the gambling community within the country, the New Zealand government simply refuses to liberalize the market and allow private entities to obtain an online gambling licence.
No operator is allowed to offer online gambling services within the territory of New Zealand, but there is no law prohibiting gamblers from the country from accessing offshore online casinos. This is confusing a bit, as the government does not block or blacklist foreign online casinos, but is not interested in liberalizing the market inside the country.
Because of this, the pressure on the government increases to start with the loosing up of the market regulations covering online casinos, but with little success so far. However, in the future, it can be expected that the New Zealand government will succumb to that pressure and follow the best practices of the most developed countries in the world, and make online gambling legal.
It is a logical step to make, as it can be a good contributor to the economy of the country. The land-based casinos enjoy great success, they are regularly visited by domestic and foreign citizens, so all indicators point that online gambling will enjoy similar, or even better success if allowed in the country.