16 Advertising overseas gambling prohibited


A person must not publish or arrange to publish, in New Zealand, an overseas gambling advertisement.


Subsection (1) does not apply to publishing or arranging to publish—


a health message concerning gambling; or


an advertisement for services to prevent, minimise, or treat harm; or


a message about preventing, minimising, or treating harm; or


an advertisement for gambling equipment intended for distribution only to buyers of gambling equipment; or


an advertisement in which the publicising or promotion of gambling or a gambling operator is incidental to the purpose of the advertisement.


A person who contravenes subsection (1) commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $10,000.


The Governor-General may, by Order in Council, restrict the application of this section, if satisfied that an order is necessary to enable New Zealand to comply with its international obligations relating to trade in services that are or will become binding on New Zealand.


An order under this section is secondary legislation (see Part 3 of the Legislation Act 2019 for publication requirements).

Legislation Act 2019 requirements for secondary legislation made under this section
PublicationPCO must publish it on the legislation website and notify it in the GazetteLA19 s 69(1)(c)
PresentationThe Minister must present it to the House of RepresentativesLA19 s 114, Sch 1 cl 32(1)(a)
DisallowanceIt may be disallowed by the House of Representatives LA19 ss 115, 116
This note is not part of the Act.

Section 16(2)(e): amended, on 3 March 2015, by section 9 of the Gambling Amendment Act 2015 (2015 No 3).

Section 16(3): amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).

Section 16(5): inserted, on 28 October 2021, by section 3 of the Secondary Legislation Act 2021 (2021 No 7).