Asia-Pacific Focus on Kiwi Lotteries
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (November 9,
2009) -- Internal Affairs Minister Nathan Guy delivered a key note address to
the New Zealands
Asia-Pacific Lottery Associations conference in Auckland today.
The Association represents 11
countries in the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, Thailand and India, and
is one of five regional associations of the
World Lottery Association
Mr. Guy says the Lottery Grants
Board pumps millions of dollars into local communities each year, with the past
financial year bringing in bumper profits to distribute among New
Mr. Guy says the conference is a
great opportunity to showcase New Zealands community grants scheme to
leading international organisations.
Our state-owned lotteries
are set up to directly benefit communities. The profits from the New Zealand
Lotteries Commission are distributed to New Zealanders through the Lottery
Its great to be able
to demonstrate to other nations how good our lotteries system is. Some of our
top-notch athletes benefit from lotteries funding and some of our smallest
community organisations are able to use the cash to deliver vital
During these tough economic
times, lottery grants are a huge reassurance to so many people who might
otherwise experience sources of funding drying up.
Mr. Guy says he hopes conference
delegates will come away with fresh ideas for lotteries.
New games, changing
audiences and different challenges are emerging all the time. New Zealand needs
to stay on the ball to ensure our lotteries remain world-class.
SOURCE: Press Release: New Zealand
Government, Hon Nathan Guy, Minister of Internal Affairs.