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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

Up-to-date information can be found elsewhere in Te Ara.



Conduct of Operations

As the Government was determined that a betting-shop atmosphere would not arise, the following conditions were laid down in respect of all branches and agencies:

  1. Where branches or agencies were established, no other business could be transacted on the premises.

  2. No radios should operate on the premises within the hearing of the general public.

  3. No information should be given on the day of the races as to the results of such races.

  4. Credit betting not to be permitted.

  5. No payment of dividends on the day of the races.

  6. No seating to be available for investors, and loitering on the premises not to be permitted.

  7. No advertising by branches or agencies, but small location notices to be permitted.

  8. In general, the transactions should be similar to those carried out daily in banks and post offices.

Because of these conditions, no undesirable features in the operation of the scheme have as yet arisen.