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NZ Racing Minister urges crackdown on online operations

New Zealand Racing Minister Nathan Guy has urged the government to crack down on online gambling operators which are depriving the government of vital taxes.

Following an announcement in November in which the New Zealand Racing said it had created a task force to look into monitoring remote online betting, Guy said that the rising popularity of remote based operators was undermining the state run TAB which New Zealand Racing operates. The government estimates gamblers spend around NZ $300 million (£150 million) with remote operators.

The racing minister said policing and monitoring remote gambling within New Zealand was complex as many of the bets wagered were placed with Australia-based operators.

Guy said that a review of offshore gambling operators would be undertaken by a working group lead by former MP Chris Tremain and including Racing Board chief executive John Allen and Sport New Zealand chair Sir Paul Collins.

 The group will report back with recommendations in September.

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