The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation



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We administer and enforce casino and non-casino gambling regulation in New Zealand.

Pokies 101

New Zealand has a unique system that is set up to provide millions of dollars to the community from the money gambled on pokie machines in pubs and clubs.

This guide provides an overview of the latest figures, information about who does what,  and how the different parts of the system are connected.

With a comprehensive frequently asked questions (FAQs) section, this guide provides easily accessible information about the gaming machine sector all in one place.

Pokies in New Zealand: a guide to how the system works (.docx 778kb)

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Gambits is our newsletter of gambling issues. It provides information about the Department's recent work and significant issues in the gambling sector.

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    Gambling provides a source of funding for community groups

    Gambling and lottery activities provide funds for community groups through grants.

    Application forms are available from societies (typically via a website), some community networks such as Citizens' Advice Bureaux, and often at gaming machine venues.

    You must send your application directly to the society and not through a venue. The society must deal with you directly and not communicate with you through the venue.

    Further details on funding for community groups