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New Zealand’s Internal Affairs Minister has confirmed the reappointment of Graeme Reeves as chief gambling commissioner, as well as two supporting commissioners to the country’s Gambling Commission.

Minister Peter Dunne said that the appointments of Reeves, Wendie Harvey and Russell Bell, would allow the Gambling Commission to retain valuable governance experience and skills during a period in which it is undertaking a number of significant projects.

In December last year the country passed a law to criminalise match-fixing and this year has established a working group to investigate ways to combat offshore betting to ensure the country ‘s racing and sports industries receive sufficient funding.

A commercial lawyer by trade, Reeves is experienced in commercial and property law, serving as a member of parliament between 1990 and 1993. He has served as a director of the Airways Corporation of New Zealand and the New Zealand Post, as well as a trustee of the Wellington Community Trust.

He was first appointed chief commissioner in 2010, before being reappointed for a further three years in 2012.

Harvey is also a lawyer, a barrister and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, and has served as a commissioner since July 2014.

Bell is a practising chartered accountant and auditor, with specialist knowledge of the gambling industry and significant business and governance experience. He has served as commissioner since August 2011.

They will continue to serve alongside two other commissioners, Lisa Hansen, who began her three-year term in 2011, and Donna Matahaere-Atariki, who joined in 2014.