Wednesday, June 29, 2022


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NZ to lift all COVID-19 restrictions from midnight


With no active cases of the coronavirus left in New Zealand and no new cases in a fortnight, New Zealand will be removing all social distancing restri

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New Zealand to consider further relaxing COVID-19 restrictions


New Zealand’s government will decide today whether to relax the country’s covid 19 restrictions to the lowest level after 16 days of no new cases,

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SkyCity’s bid to swap gaming tables for EGMs rejected


SkyCity has lost its bid to swap three blackjack tables for sixty gaming machines at its Hamilton casino, with the Gambling Commission turning down it

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SkyCity shares reopening experience as business picks up


As casinos in Las Vegas begin to open their doors, SkyCity Entertainment recounts its experience as one of the first properties to open in the Asia Pacific region, saying the industry needs to make sure it’s sharing ideas and learning to ensure the...

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Skycity domestic gaming recovery encouraging


SkyCity Entertainment is describing trading activity in its New Zealand business since reopening on 14 May as “encouraging”. “Domestic custom

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Trans-Tasman travel bubble is advancing


A working group of business and government leaders from Australia and New Zealand are fortifying plans to create a trans-Tasman travel bubble, which w

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Tourism, racing businesses announce job cuts


Major hotel chain Millennium and Copthorne Hotels is shedding 70 percent of its 1,300 staff as it expects two years before tourist numbers recover suf

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At least 200 to lose racing jobs as country eases restrictions


At least two hundred staff in New Zealand’s off-track betting agency the TAB will lose their jobs due to a sharp downturn in racing and betting.

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New Zealand tourism gets spending boost


The tourism sector is to receive a NZ$400 million boost in government funding from a NZ$50 billion (US$31 billion) five year recovery package unveiled

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SkyCity under scrutiny for using membership-based contact tracing program


SkyCity Entertainment is facing some criticism for using its membership program as its contact tracing tool as it prepares to open up its casinos this

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SkyCity to cut another 700 jobs


Casino operator SkyCity Entertainment Group is planning to slash another 700 jobs amid a slowdown in business due to COVID-19.  This comes after a

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New Zealand could relax restrictions from next week


New Zealand could relax its restrictions against travel and get-togethers as early as next Monday, providing some relief for tourism, bars, retailers,

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Skyline lays off more than half of its staff


Skyline Enterprises, operator of the Christchurch Casino, has announced that more than half of its 1,200 staff across its company divisions will be la

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NZ gaming industry ready to reopen


New Zealand’s pubs and taverns are preparing to welcome players back to their gaming rooms, with the country likely to further ease COVID-19 restric

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New Zealand punters migrate online, but activity flat


Punters in New Zealand appear to be moving online as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown, though overall levels of activity and betting amounts have not

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NZ lifts lockdown, but tourism industry in tough spot


New Zealand will be adjusting to a level three lockdown as of Monday, but faces major issues in its tourism, hospitality and aviation industries, whic

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Work to restart on SkyCity Convention Center


Contractors will move back onto the burned-out and damaged site of SkyCity’s $900 million International Convention Centre from Tuesday next week to

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SkyCity fire not caused by an unattended blowtorch


Claims that the fire in SkyCity’s International Convention Centre started because a contractor left a blow torch on while on a lunch break have been

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NZ lockdown to slightly ease starting Monday


New Zealand’s strict lockdown has been extended but will end at midnight next Monday, the government announced on Monday. It was originally due t

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