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Pokie expenditure drops in first quarter


27 April 2012

Gaming machine expenditure in the country’s 1400 pubs and clubs in the first three months of 2012 was almost 8 per cent down on the last three months of 2011, continuing the trend that occurs over summer.

Figures released by the Department of Internal Affairs show that spending dropped from $220.4 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 to $203.7 million in the first quarter of 2012. But for the 12 months ended March 2012 expenditure was up 2.3 per cent from $845.9 million to $865.4 million.

Nationwide there were fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines at the end of March compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders fell 1.6 per cent from 365 to 359, venues declined by 1.8 per cent from 1430 to 1403 and gaming machines decreased by 2.6 per cent from 18,484 to 18,001.

The spending is captured through the electronic monitoring of non-casino gaming machines (EMS), which became fully operational in March 2007, enabling the Department to track and monitor operations, ensure the integrity of games and the accurate accounting of money.
Non-casino GM spending by Society Type – January - March 2012

Society Type
Total GMP Quarter
% of Total
Non-Club
176,482,646.50
86.7%
Sports Clubs
3,684,561.70
1.8%
Chartered Clubs
16,345,841.46
8.0%
RSAs
7,138,796.07
3.5%
Total Club
27,169,199.23
13.3%
Total All
203,651,845.73
100.0%

Non-casino GM spending in quarter ended
31 March 2012$203.7 m
31 December 2011$220.4 m
30 September 2011$221.4 m
30 June 2011$219.9 m
31 March 2011$205.1 m
31 December 2010$215.8 m
30 September 2010$215.2 m
30 June 2010$209.8 m
31 March 2010$199.9 m
31 December 2009$218.8 m
30 September 2009$220.7 m
30 June 2009$217.3 m
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




Licensed gambling operations in pubs and clubs
Date
Licence holders
Venues
Gaming machines
31 March 2012
359
1403
18,001
31 Dec 2011
360
1410
18,133
30 Sept 2011
360
1409
18,167
30 June 2011
364
1421
18,309
31 March 2011
365
1430
18,484
31 Dec 2010
367
1443
18,681
30 Sept 2010
369
1438
18,601
30 June 2010
370
1455
18,944
31 March 2010
374
1470
19,115
31 Dec 2009
378
1491
19,359
30 Sept 2009
377
1486
19,296
30 June 2009
384
1501
19,479
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

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. The figures are based on territorial authority boundaries that existed prior to the new Auckland super city.

Media contact:
Trevor Henry, communications adviser, Department of Internal Affairs
Ph 04 495 7211; cell 0275 843 679