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August 2022:

GMP trends April to June 2022

Quarterly gaming machine profits (GMP) data and trends have been published for the April to June 2022 period.

We are seeing quarterly GMP continue to reach pre-covid levels as the June 2022 quarter was the second highest quarterly GMP on recent record ($257.2 million) – just behind the June 2021 quarter. There has been a noticeable lift in GMP since the March 2022 quarter. GMP may have been lower in this quarter due to Covid-19 restrictions under the Red Light setting and vaccination pass requirements in venues.

Looking at the difference between the March and June quarters, seasonal trends also indicate less people play the pokies over the summer holiday period – possibly due to travel, increased spending in areas such as retail or reduced venue operating hours.

This is the first time we have published GMP trends with commentary on venue type. Data shows the average GMP per machine was highest in pool halls, ten pin bowling alleys and TAB’s, and lower in restaurants and taverns, suggesting people are more likely to gamble in venues that have other entertainment options.

The data also showed us that GMP per machine was lowest in bowling club venues and RSA venues, this could be due to venues being located in less central areas, club memberships presenting a barrier or the declining rate of club gaming.

Here is a link to our GMP dashboard.

Correction to Annual Gambling Expenditure Statistics report

In February 2022 we published the Annual Gambling Expenditure Statistics report which contained an error in relation to inflation adjustments which had been applied incorrectly. We have corrected the error and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

May 2022:

Working Capital Ratio

Section 11A of the Gambling (Class 4 Net Proceeds) Regulations 2004 was inserted on 1 July 2020 to ensure that the Class 4 sector can continue operating and avoid getting into financial difficulty. This policy now extends to clubs, and requires an amendment to your licence conditions.
Reporting requirements have also changed from monthly to annually.
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Russia Sanctions Act 2002

The Russia Sanctions Act 2022 (the Sanctions Act) was enacted on 11 March 2022 after military actions began on 24 February 2022 in relation to Ukraine. The Sanctions Act enables New Zealand to enforce sanctions in response to Russia’s military actions (and by countries or persons who may be assisting Russia).

While every New Zealand person has responsibilities under the Sanctions Act 2022, the casino operators and NZTAB have a duty to report reasonable suspicions of dealing with sanctioned and associated persons promptly to the Police.

For more information, please view our factsheet:

How Aotearoa Gambled During 20/21

The latest Gaming Machine Profits Dashboard has been published. This gives us a picture of gambling spend in Aotearoa 2020-21.

How Aotearoa gambled in 2020-21 (Data and statistics)

Regulating Gambling for Aotearoa New Zealand: $2.63 billion was spent on gambling in Aotearoa in 2020/21. This was a 17% increase on the previous year. On average, each New Zealander over 18 spent $662 on gambling.

Full infographic about Aotearoa’s gambling spend in 2020-2021 (PDF, 794KB)

Correction to December 2020 and March 2021 GMP Data

On 24 August 2021, we corrected the December 2020 and March 2021 quarter GMP series for the Auckland Council – Franklin district and total GMP. The data was first published in February 2021. Some GMP had been excluded from reporting due to a venue licensing issue. We regret the error and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Correction to March 2020 GMP Data

On 24 August 2021, we corrected the March 2020 quarter GMP series for the Southland, South Taranaki, South Waikato and South Wairarapa Districts. The data was first published in August 2020. It was due to a manual data error where GMP figures were swapped in these districts. We regret the error and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Correction to December 2019 GMP Data

On 26 May 2021 we corrected the December 2019 quarter series for Hurunui/Kaikoura and total GMP. The data was first published in February 2020. It was due to a manual error where the GMP for Hurunui/Kaikoura was reported as lower than was correct. We regret the error and apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Data and Statistics

Research and reports

2020 Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL) reports – effects of gambling on well being

DIA worked with Business and Economic Research Limited (BERL) to investigate a framework for assessing the costs, and benefits of gambling, that could be applied across the 4 main platforms (Class 4 (pokies), Lotto, TAB and Casinos). The framework was applied to Class 4 in a second stage of the research.

Assessing the effects of gambling on wellbeing in New Zealand (PDF, 2MB)

Harm minimisation research

A summary of key findings has been collated to support territorial authorities when reviewing and assessing gambling policies

Summary of key findings from Ministry of Health gambling research

Gambling research and evaluation (Ministry of Health)

DIA gambling research and reports

DIA periodically commissions reports on certain aspects of the gambling sector, to support policy, operational, or corporate decision making.

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Press Releases

A record of press releases issued by the Gambling Compliance Group of the Department of Internal Affairs.

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