Internal Affairs Minister Tracey Martin says SkyCity Entertainment Group informed Government about its plans to launch an online casino but says the current rules around online gambling need to change.

SkyCity plans to launch an online casino in the middle of the year through a partnership between subsidiary SkyCity Malta and international gaming company Gaming Innovation Group, which will develop the website.

The website will be operated offshore in Malta to work around New Zealand law which only permits Government-owned Lotto and TAB to offer online gambling from within the country.

NZX-listed SkyCity has named the gambling platform "skycitycasino" and