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Pokie expenditure down


19 April 2010

Gaming machine expenditure in the country’s 1470 pubs and clubs in the first three months of the year continued the trend of previous years with a drop of almost nine per cent on the previous quarter. It was also four per cent down on the same period last year and five per cent down on an annual basis.

Figures released by the Department of Internal Affairs show that spending dropped from $218.8 million in the December 09 quarter to $199.9 million at 31 March 2010 and was $208.7 m at 31 March 2009. The first quarter drop is similar to last year’s of 9.5 per cent and 11 per cent in the first quarter of 2008.

There were fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines at the end March 2010 compared with the December quarter. Licence holders dropped from 378 to 374, venues dropped from 1491 to 1470 and gaming machines were down from 19,359 to 19,115.

The Department tracks and monitors non-casino gaming machine operations and captures spending through electronic monitoring (EMS), ensuring the integrity of games and the accurate accounting of money. EMS became fully operational in March 2007.


Non-casino GM spending by Society Type – January-March 2010
Society TypeTotal GMP Quarter% of Total
Non-Club
$173,162,412.2686.6%
Sports Clubs$ 4,078,419.892.0%
Non-ClubChartered Clubs$ 15,042,517.477.5%
RSAs$ 7,576,308.443.8%
Total Club
$ 26,697,245.8013.4%
Total All
$199,859,658.06100.0%
Non-casino GM spending in quarter ended
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 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
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