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Pokie spend drops 10 per cent


22 April 2009

Gaming machine expenditure in pubs and clubs in the first three months of this year was almost 10 per cent lower than the previous quarter, according to figures released today by the Department of Internal Affairs. Spending dropped from $230.7m at 31 December 2008 to $208.7m at 31 March 2009. Twelve months ago the first quarter spend of 2008 showed a similar drop of 11 per cent but rose in the following two quarters.

Expenditure in the year to 31 March 2009 at $902.7 million was 4.5 per cent lower than the $945 million recorded for the year to 31 March 2008.

The spending is captured through the electronic monitoring of non-casino gaming machines (EMS) which became fully operational in March 2007. The Department can track and monitor operations, ensuring the integrity of games and the accurate accounting of money.

Non-casino GM spending by Society Type –January to March 2009
Society Type
Total GMP Quarter
% of Total
Non-Club
$180,417,054.30 86.5%
Sports Clubs $4,230,252.72 2.0%
Chartered Clubs $15,872,629.52 7.6%
RSAs $8,149,284.81 3.9%
Total Club
$28,252,167.05 13.5%
Total All
$208,669,221.35 100.0%

Non-casino GM spending in quarter ended
31 March 2009$208.7 m
31 December 2008$230.7 m
30 September 2008$232.3 m
30 June 2008$231 m
31 March 2008$218.5 m
31 December 2007$245.3 m
30 September 2007$243.5 m
30 June 2007$237.7 m

Internal Affairs Director of Gambling Compliance, Mike Hill said the number of gaming machines, was slightly down on the December 08 quarter, but has remained at around 20,000 since the introduction of EMS. There were also fewer licensed societies and venues compared with the December quarter.

Licensed gambling operations in pubs and clubs
Date
Licence holders
Venues
Gaming machines
31 March 2009
394
1527
19,739
31 Dec 2008
399
1537
19,879
30 Sept 2008
405
1551
20,025
30 June 2008
415
1552
19,856
31 March 2008
421
1569
20,018
31 Dec 2007
428
1585
20,182
30 Sept 2007
435
1593
20,163
30 June 2007
439
1598
20,120
31 March 2007
444
1607
20,302

Further information, including numbers of venues, machines and expenditure by territorial authority and changes in the quarter, is available from the Department’s Gaming Statistics web page at: www.dia.govt.nz
Media Contact:
Trevor Henry, communications adviser, Department of Internal Affairs
Ph 04 495 7211; cell 0275 843 679