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What are AML SkyCity Casino Rules?

SkyCity Casino

AML stands for Anti-money Laundering concerning the SkyCity Casino. The casino has a strict policy against using the money acquired for illegal purposes and ensuring that certain guidelines are followed by the guests.

Verifying the customers

The casino verifies the identity of all its guests and customers. They can seek more information if the customers want to become a member of their Premier rewards membership. This is done to keep a record of their AML rules.

When do they verify the identity?

The AML Act requires all the casinos to identify the identity of their customers provided the guests are indulged in transactions having a value of more than USD 6000. The sum may have been used in a single or a series of transactions.

Customers need to open a casino deposit account or QUICK Pay account with SkyCity to avail the membership. The guests are also obligated to update their information. For instance, they need to furnish an updated Photo Id, in case the last one has expired.

What is the Verification process?

The guests may furnish their current passport and New Zealand Driver License. SkyCity Casinos have their lists of state recognised documents that can be furnished in place of a passport or driver’s license. The SkyCity staff can provide you with the lists of documents.

AML SkyCity Casino

For opening a casino deposit account or QUICK Pay account, the casino will have to verify the guests’ residential address. The customer can supply their rent agreement, utility bills, etc, municipal taxes, etc. on his smartphone.

Why does Casino require you to provide your source of income?

The Anti Money Laundering or the Combating of Financial Terrorism Act requires that the casino should know the source of income of their guests. For instance, they can request a customer to provide proof of income if they wish to go on with a cash transaction or an electronic transfer of more than USD 6000.

If the customer is not satisfied with the furnished information, the customers can be asked to provide additional documents in the support of their source of income. This is done to ensure that the person is having sufficient collateral to pay off his gambling activities and to make sure that the money has not come from an illegal source.

The customer may not be able to enjoy all the services of the premium membership while his application is under process. The casino also doesn’t provide your information to any third party.

What documents may be eligible for submission?

Certain documents can be submitted to establish the legality of the source of income, such as: –

  • All the bank statements whether the current or saving account
  • Business account books to establish the ownership of business or profession
  • Receipt of payments whether physical or electronic

The SkyCity Casino endeavours to make the premises as safe as possible for their guests. Therefore, the verification process should be carried out with ease and full support.

Epic Things To Do In Auckland At Night

Skycity Auckland

When in New Zealand, Auckland is the place to be! Apart from being well known for its diversity, it’s got some of the most incredible architecture, some stunning landscapes, and amazing food as well. It’s truly a delight for lovers of art and culture.

It’s got a wide range of attractions for tourists. The city looks spectacular at night, and it has a vibrant, buzzing nightlife that you shouldn’t miss for the world! Here are 21 epic things you can do in Auckland at night:

Go to Auckland Stardome

If you love to gaze at the stars and contemplate the vastness of the cosmos, then make sure to Auckland Stardome. If you’re with your partner or girlfriend, it can actually be quite romantic! Also, if you are a hardcore fan of the famous English band Pink Floyd, you are in for luck. This place has the famous ‘The Pink Floyd Show’ every Tuesday.

Roam the Night Markets

Roam the Night Markets

This is the place to be for foodies! The people in New Zealand have a real, deep appreciation of flavors and cuisines. In these night markets, you will find some of the best-tasting food from various cuisines and cultures around the world. The live musicians playing in the background can make for quite an atmosphere as you enjoy the diversity of food options.

Shop in Commercial Bay

Commercial Bay is heaven for those who love everything to do with fashion. You’ve got all the popular brands and the latest fashion to check out and choose from. Once you’re done with your shopping spree, you can sit down at one of the many top-quality restaurants here and enjoy some authentic gourmet cuisine to end your night in a stylish way.

Shop in Commercial Bay

Go to Spookers

If you are a fan of horror movies and love everything paranormal, make your way to Spookers. It is a very popular theme park, and the people who work at this place are masters at what they do. You are sure to have a memorable and enjoyable time.

Make sure to go with a group of friends for the best experience. Try to take slow, gentle steps and keep your nerves calm as you make your way through a spooky forest or an eerie haunted house, or a scary cornfield.

Enjoy the View of Auckland from the Sky Tower

You haven’t really experienced Auckland unless you’ve made your way to the top of the sky tower and enjoyed the spectacular, panoramic views. Do not miss this place as it is one of the tallest structures in the world. You can also dine at the Sky Tower while enjoying the beautiful lights at night coming from the streets, passing vehicles, and buildings.

Try Night Canyoning at PIHA

Try Night Canyoning at PIHA

If you are daring and love to take on an adventure, head over to the coastal suburb of Piha. This place offers both day tours and night tours. However, there is something to be said about the beauty of gliding down the waterfalls at night time.

E-Sports Festival In Skycity Auckland

Skycity Auckland

The spectacular cove of internment and enjoyment in Auckland, i.e. SkyCity Auckland now houses an e-sports arena. The decision was made to go with the world’s trend. The SkyCity brand has joined hands with Let’s Play Live Media in this joint venture.

SkyCity has secured a 40% stake in the LLPM or Let’s Play Live Media. The LLPM is responsible for curating the county’s first e-sports broadcasting studio. The venue of the studio is the second level of the high-end Sky Tower. The Level 2 of the landmark was formerly called the XO Bar.

Skycity Auckland

Chief Executive of SkyCity entertainment, Graeme Stephens, told shareholders in their annual general meeting about how the arena will operate. E-sports games are events where players of video games compete against rivals in beating them in the game. It will be broadcasted to people on the casino premises.

Sonya Crosby is SkyCity’s chief innovation officer. The CFO believes that e-sports has been storming the world and its market and demand are increasing at an unprecedented speed. E-sports have an audience coming from all generations whether old or young and male or female. The entertainment giant has been exploring all the possibilities. The company finds the new venture as an exciting opportunity.

 

Skycity Auckland

The broadcasting studio will provide live streaming of events in 4K and high definition. The venture has obligated LLPM to film the live esports going in the SkyCity esports arena and the New Zealand International Convention Centre Theatre in Auckland. The company will install exclusive console booths to host esports events and companions. The games will be live-streamed to a large LED screen in the SkyCity Plaza. It is situated at the ground level of the Sky Tower.

The partnership between SkyCity and LLPM will ensure that all the events to be hosted in the esports arena and SkyCity plaza are family-friendly. The partnership will also extend its operations to include sites in Australia and New Zealand.

Skycity Auckland

The CFO also revealed that LLPM lead E Blacks will be responsible for promoting and sponsoring New Zealand’s best esports players to help them come to the centre of the world’s esports stage. It will see that talent coming from the grassroots is polished to cater to the pressure of professional gaming. Local tournaments and competitions would be held to identify the talent pool.

It is estimated that around 400 million people watch esports annually in the world. The announcement of the joint venture was like a silver lining in the cloud. The casino witnessed some problems due to traffic face-offs near its premises in Auckland.

Auckland

Financially, the high roller business did not do well and weakening trading conditions also affected the overall mood. The net profit of the company was down by 69% to just 44 million. The revenue also dipped by 7% to close at USD 1 billion. The completion of the ICC or International Conference Centre in Auckland also got delayed adding further to their distress.

Top Festivals of Auckland New Zealand

Auckland

What makes a country or a culture different from others and how are they recognised? The answer is simple. Each festival serves as a social and cultural identity of demography. So, let us find out what makes New Zealand different from others.

Pasifika Cultural Festival

Pasifika Cultural Festival

The festival is organised annually in the first week of March. The theme is based on New Zealand’s Pacific Island aboriginal groups. This is celebrated across the entire nation and is considered the biggest and best festival. People becoming a part of this celebration can experience and become aware of myriad cultures such as: –

  • Tahiti
  • Fiji
  • Hawaii
  • Aotearoa
  • Kiribati
  • Samoa
  • Tonga

The festival spans two days and is filled with exotic dance performances, inspiring art and music, and tasty local food events. More than 80,000 participate in the festival to make it nation’s pride and serve as an insignia of unity in diversity.

Auckland Lantern Festival

The Auckland Lantern Festival is organised between 13 to 16 February every year. The theme of the festival is to mark the Chinese New Year. The event is held in the famous landmark, Albert Park which is decorated and lit with thousands of lanterns and a beautiful show of fireworks on the fourth day to mark the conclusion of the festival of lights. People can treat their eyes with fireworks and their taste buds with different kinds of Chinese cuisine. You can also enjoy shows and acts on martial arts, cultural dances, opera, and live music performances. It is attended by Chinese locals and other people.

Parihaka International Peace Festival

The festival is celebrated in January to inspire people to live their life aligned with principles of non-violence and to encourage people to co-exist in harmony amongst people of different cultures, religions, and races. Parihaka is a Taranaki coastal Māori settlement. Its demography is appealing for its beauty made from the settling of volcanic lava eruptions. The infrastructure is humble where ethnic tribes dwell in harmony. The festival marks the start of the Kiwi summer with various events involving food, dance, and music.

The Māori Kai Festivals

You need to attend The coveted and traditional Māori Kai Festival if you are visiting New Zealand. It is a series of small festivals celebrated across different times of the year. The Maoris and their incredible culture are responsible for hosting all the events. The dishes served by the tribe are exquisite and a real feast. Cuisines such as wild pork, mountain oysters, mussels, kebabs, etc. are serviced with a locally brewed alcoholic drink. The tribe is extremely friendly and the festival allows mingling with them.

The Māori Kai Festivals

Womad Festival

WOMAD is an acronym for World of Music Arts and Dance. It hosts artists from all the countries to contribute to the celebration. Artists from various cultures arrive and show their talent for original folk art with their food. The festival is incredibly large and enjoyed by all New Zealanders.

Top Destinations for Sightseeing in Auckland

Sightseeing

The city of Auckland leaves everyone awestruck as the place has so much to offer if you are willing to hop on a delightful adventure. To make your visit worthwhile we have created a list of places that you must visit and enjoy on your vacation in the ‘City of Sails’.

Sky Tower

The highest building in New Zealand is 328 meters high. You may reach the observation deck to experience the city’s skyline and panoramic view below. To make the trip more exciting, the tower has a skywalk platform sitting at 192 meters high around the tower’s pergola. Adventure seekers can go there to the sky jump filling them with a rush of adrenaline. The tower houses a restaurant and a gift shop to treat your taste buds and eyes.

Waitemata Harbour

The Waitemata Harbour seems to divide Auckland into two parts. Due to the advantage preferred by waterways and economic activities, Auckland was the capital of New Zealand till 1840, afterwards, it was switched to Wellington. You may rent a ferry to Hauraki Gulf islands for hiking and exploring nature. You may experience a burst of culture at Quay Street that runs alongside the harbour.

Auckland’s Harbour Bridge

The central harbour of Waitemata Harbour is central to Auckland’s Harbour Bridge. The one-kilometre-long bridge was erected in 1959 and sits at 43 meters high. It connects the heart of Auckland city and sandy beaches to the northern part. Observing the sea from the bridge is both scary and adventurous. For more thrill, you may bungee jump from it.

Auckland War Memorial Museum

The building’s architecture appears to be inspired by Greek culture with its imposing pillars in the entrance. The landmark which is the highest point in Auckland’s geography was built in honour of soldiers of New Zealand who fought in World War I. It also houses some of the fascinating artefacts from the history of the country. By visiting the museum, people can get a glimpse of the change of culture in New Zealand depicting the Polynesian settlers up to this day. The exhibit also highlights the popular heritage of New Zealand.

One Tree Hill

The One Tree Hill or Maungakiekie is seen as the symbol of the city sitting at 182 meters. It is a part of the southwest corner the Cornwall Park. The slopes of the hill depict the ruins of Maori Pa. It was a village settlement on the hill during the pre-European era. The top of the hill is the grave of Sir John Logan who gifted the property to be used in public service. An Obelisk was erected to mark his largesse.

One Tree Hill

Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island is a part of the Hauraki Gulf islands. The island is home to 8000 people and has white sand beaches enlivening the ambience. The village is filled with art exhibits and cafes. People walk the 3-hour Church Bay circuit to enjoy the scenic beauty of the island. You can reach Waiheke Island by taking a ferry from the Prince Wharf.