Posts Tagged ‘Casino’

SkyCity hits record, raises profit 10 per cent to $170 million

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

Casino company SkyCity Entertainment said it has raised its normalised net profit by 10.4 per cent to $169.9 million for the year to June. Market expectations were for a normalised net profit of $162 million. Continue reading

A church’s attitude directly affects its members gambling habits

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

New research shows a church’s position on gambling directly affects its congregation. Whether Pacific people gambled was largely influenced by their church, and whether the denomination endorsed gambling or not, researchers found. Additionally, the study found that New Zealand offered more gambling opportunities and more free time than Pacific countries, and many study participants viewed Read more

Pokies charity accuses Anglicans of hypocrisy

Friday, June 28th, 2013

The biggest pokie charity in the country has accused the Anglican Church of hypocrisy and leadership failure and is rejecting a funding application by the Christchurch Cathedral because one Anglican organisation has spoken out against gaming machines. Pub Charity chief executive Martin Cheer said a submission by an Anglican body seeking Pokie reform was a Read more

Catholic opinion divided on Samoa’s casinos

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

A  spokesperson for the Church, Father Ioane Ono, was recently reported as saying the Catholic church is not too concerned about the casinos opening on Sundays. “Gambling is optional. It is a matter of a person’s choice,” he said. “There is no specific teachings of the [Catholic] church with regards to gambling,” says Father Ioane. Read more

SkyCity wanted taxpayers to pay for advertising

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

SkyCity asked for taxpayers to pay for the marketing and promotion of the international convention centre. The Auditor-General’s report into the Government’s handling of the SkyCity deal revealed the promotional incentive was sought by the casino in September 2010. However, the Government has ruled out the annual payment. The 2009 feasibility study into the convention Read more

Samoa’s Council of Churches unhappy about casino

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Samoa will have its first casino in six months after two licences have been granted, one to beach resort, Aggie Grey’s, and another to Chinese company ETG. Reverend Maauga Motu, general secretary of Samoa’s National Council of Churches, told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat less fortunate Samoans are likely to be hardest hit by the development Read more

Church leaders in French Polynesia oppose Casino

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Churches in French Polynesia have spoken out against suggestions that the Sofitel Maeva Beach Hotel, which is due to close in November, be turned into a casino. Church leaders have told the local press that they doubt a casino will benefit tourism, warning of negative outcomes for the poor. A Tahiti-based businessman, Franck Falletta, has Read more

“Joking” Samoan PM says churches “joking” about Casino

Friday, July 20th, 2012

The Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Fatialofa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi, well known for his light hearted comments to the media, is suggesting that the country’s National Council of Churches was acting in a similarly jocular manner when it warned of the perils of casinos and gambling in Samoa. Last week the Chairman of NCC, Reverend Read more

Confusion, concern surrounds Samoa casino development

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Two casinos have been approved by the government of Samoa. One is expected to be on the main island of Upolu and the other on the beautiful Savaii. A $400-500 million resort at Sasina village on Savaii has also been approved. But the Chief Executive officer of the South Pacific Development group says he had Read more

2nd casino licence granted in Fiji

Sunday, June 10th, 2012

One Hundred Sands has been granted a licence to operate  a second casino, with Suva being hinted at as the likely location. In December 2011 One Hundred Sands Limited, which is a subsidiary of a US company, was given permission by the Fijian Government to operate the country’s first casino. The 290 million Fiji dollars (114.29 Read more