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Annual pokie spend drops


24/07/2008

Gaming machine expenditure in the country’s 1600 pubs and clubs fell by just over one per cent in the year to June 30, 2008, from an estimated $950 million to $938.3 million, according to figures from the Department of Internal Affairs. In the 2006/07 year gaming machine spending rose about five per cent from $906 million.

This is the first time it has been possible to produce an accurate record of annual pokie expenditure, due to the electronic monitoring of non-casino gaming machines 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.

Expenditure in the three months to 30 June 2008 rose almost six per cent to $231 million compared with a drop of almost 11 per cent from $245.3 million to $218.5 million in the March quarter. June 08 quarter spending was almost three per cent lower than for the same period last year.

Pubs accounted for 86 per cent of the June 08 quarter expenditure at $199 million, with chartered clubs registering 7.9 per cent ($18.3 million), RSAs four per cent ($9.2 million) and sports clubs ($4.5 million) the remainder.

Internal Affairs Director of Gambling Compliance, Mike Hill said the number of gaming machines, which were down on the March 08 quarter, had remained relatively stable since the introduction of electronic monitoring (EMS).

“There is always some fluctuation in venues and gaming machines when these statistics are recorded,” Mike Hill said. “They are a snapshot of the sector as at June 30 when there was an abnormally high number of venues transferring due to one society withdrawing from the market. During transfers machines are unlicensed, not operating and therefore not counted.”

Licensed gambling operations in pubs and clubs
Date
Licence holders
Venues
Gaming machines
30 June 2008
415
1552
19,856
31 March 2008
421
1569
20,018
31 December 2007
428
1585
20,182
30 September 2007
435
1593
20,163
30 June 2007
439
1598
20,120
31 March 2007
444
1607
20,302
31 December 2006
476
1666
20,518
30 September 2006
481
1676
20,571
30 June 2006
496
1701
20,739
31 March 2006
513
1721
21,026
31 December 2005
526
1747
21,343
30 September 2005
535
1770
21,684
30 June 2005
553
1801
21,846
31 March 2005
568
1838
22,159
31 December 2004
584
1850
22,231
31 December 2003
672
2031
22,734
30 June 20031
699
2122
25,221
1. Machine numbers peaked in the quarter before the Gambling Act was passed.


GM spending by Society Type – April to June 2008
Society Type
Total GMP Quarter
% of Total
Non-Club
$198,982,160.68 86.1%
Sports Clubs $4,545,159.04 2.0%
Chartered Clubs $18,252,654.92 7.9%
RSA's $9,231,183.43 4.0%
Total Club
$32,028,997.39 13.9%
Total All
$231,011,158.07 100.0%

Non-casino GM spending in quarter ended
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

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: http://www.dia.govt.nz/diawebsite.nsf/wpg_URL/Resource-material-Information-We-Provide-Gaming-Statistics?OpenDocument

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