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New Zealand Lottery Grants Board Te Puna Tahua

Lottery structure
Lottery Grants Board
Lottery distribution committees
Other organisations we fund
Lottery Grants Board publications

Lottery structure

Under the Gambling Act 2003, the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board’s purpose is to benefit the New Zealand community by distributing the profits from state lotteries run by the New Zealand Lotteries Commission.

The Board is empowered by the Gambling Act to make allocations to Lottery distribution committees; the Minister responsible for the Board for distribution for community purposes; and three statutory bodies – Creative New Zealand, New Zealand Film Commission (including the New Zealand Film Archive), and Sport and Recreation New Zealand.

The Board, Lottery distribution committees and the Minister’s Discretionary Fund are serviced by the Department of Internal Affairs.

Lottery Grants Board

The Board’s role is to distribute the profits made by the New Zealand Lotteries Commission, to set grant making policies and issue general directions to the distribution committees that make funding decisions.

The Board has six members:

  • the Minister responsible for the Board (currently the Minister of Internal Affairs)
  • the Prime Minister (or representative)
  • the Leader of the Opposition (or representative), and
  • three Community Board Members (appointed by the Governor-General for a three year term).

Lottery distribution committees

The role of each distribution committee is to make decisions on applications they receive for funding and set policies and priorities for their specific Fund.

Committees have between three to five members who are appointed by the Minister of Internal Affairs, and are drawn from the community, taking into account their specialist skills and knowledge related to that specific committee’s purpose.  Members are appointed for a three year term and may serve up to two terms.

Other organisations we fund

Each year the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board allocates at least 42% of the lottery profits it receives to three statutory bodies:

The remaining profits are distributed by Lottery distribution committees and the Minister of Internal Affairs through a range of grant opportunities for individuals and groups.

Lottery Grants Board publications

The Lottery Grants Board publishes an annual report and a Record of Grants each year: