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Pokie spend up in third quarter


14 October 2009

Gaming machine expenditure in the country’s 1500 pubs and clubs in the third quarter of this year was slightly up on the June quarter but 5.4 per cent down on 12 months ago, according to figures released by the Department of Internal Affairs. Spending rose from $217.3m at 30 June 2009 to $220.7m at 30 September 2009 but was 5 per cent down on the $232.3m for the third quarter of 2008. .

There were fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines at the end of September 2009 compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders fell 6.9 per cent from 405 to 377, venues dropped 4.2 per cent from 1551 to 1486 and gaming machines were down 3.6 per cent from 20,025 to 19,296.

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 – July to September 2009
Society Type
Total GMP Quarter
% of Total
Non-Club
$190,508,832.61
86.3%
Sports Clubs
$ 4,618,126.86
2.1%
Chartered Clubs
$ 17,118,204.64
7.8%
RSAs
$ 8,473,587.82
3.8%
Total Club
$ 30,209,919.32
13.7%
Total All
$220,718,751.93
100.0%

Non-casino GM spending in quarter ended
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
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