Gaming machine profits (GMP dashboard)

Dashboard file showing current quarter, and historic data for the numbers of gaming machines and licenced premises in each council area, tracked since 2015.

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Last updated: 30 November 2023  

Gaming Machine Profits (GMP) Dashboard (data.govt.nz website XLSX and machine-readable formats) 

 

The Excel spreadsheet contains four reports. Explanations to help you understand the information, and what it shows, are provided below.  

 

 

The dashboard shows the numbers of approved gaming machines licensed to operate at approved venues as at the last day of the current quarter. 

 

It does not include gaming machines, societies, or venues currently under a licensing application or renewal process. 

 

This is a 'snapshot' of the current state of affairs at a point in time. It is not conclusive and should be read in context of the broader dataset. 

 

Contact us if you want up to date information about machine numbers in a district. 

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GMP trends

 

This data covers the period from Julyto September 2023. 

 

Quarterly GMP data for July to September 2023 shows a 1.21 percent increase when compared to the previous quarter, rising from $269,010,077 to $272,268,610. This follows a trend where GMP increases in the June and September quarters from the March quarter.   

 

The current quarter’s GMP is the second highest September quarterly GMP we have seen since 2015 when we began tracking these figures. The highest was the September 2022 quarter, which was $4,032,892.43, or 1.5 percent more than the current quarter.   

The rolling 12-month total for overall GMP the year ending September 2023 has decreased, breaking the trend of it increasing for the previous four quarters. It has decreased by 0.38 percent but remains over one billion dollars.  

While the GMP figures have increased this quarter, the number of venues operating at the end of the quarter has decreased to 1,008 venues from 1,015 in the previous quarter, and the number of Electronic Gaming Machines (EGMs) decreased to 14,284 from 14,374 in the previous quarter. This rise in GMP and decrease in EGMs, has raised the average GMP per EGM from $18,715 to $19,061 for this quarter, which is an increase of 1.8 percent 

Despite the number of venues and EGMs trending down over time, GMP per EGM has been trending up. We can't definitively say why this is. From the data we hold, we can't determine whether:  

  • There are more players playing EGMs  

 

  • There are a similar number of players betting more per game  

  • There are a similar number of players betting similar amounts per game but playing for longer hours  

Regional insights

GMP per EGM broken down by Territorial Authority (TA) has seen Porirua City, Auckland City and Kawerau District remain as the top five highest TAs for GMP per EGM. Porirua City and Auckland City consistently appear in the top five, but there are some notable changes this quarter:  

Gisborne District moves out of the top five, despite their GMP remaining consistent with previous quarters. Tauranga District and Hastings District move up into the top five which shows a sizeable increase in the GMP from EGMs in the region compared to previous quarters.

 GMP per EGM broken down by Territorial Authority (TA) has seen Porirua City, Auckland City and Kawerau District remain as the top five highest TAs for GMP per EGM. Porirua City and Auckland City consistently appear in the top five, but there are some notable changes this quarter:     Gisborne District moves out of the top five, despite their GMP remaining consistent with previous quarters. Tauranga District and Hastings District move up into the top five which shows a sizeable increase in the GMP from EGMs in the region compared to previous quarters.

 

Comparisons with spending in other areas

We cannot say for certain what has driven this increase in GMP. Statistics NZ data for electronic card spending shows a comparatively smaller increase in core retail spending, with only a 0.6 percent increase in the September 2023 quarter when compared to the June 2023 quarter, adjusting for seasonal effects.    

Hospitality spending would generally be considered the closest comparisonto gambling spending as both could be considered leisure activities, but Statistics NZ have not released seasonally adjusted figures for hospitality spending in general since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

For more detail on these numbers and trends, please see our GMP Dashboard. 

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Interpreting the data

There are four reports within the Excel version (human readable) of the GMP dashboard:

  • Key stats - Key stats about any timeframe or area selected.
  • In detail - Dynamic dashboard that allows you to select information you want to see based on time and location.
  • Quarterly by council area (or territorial authority) - Dynamic table that allows you to compare GMP, gaming machines and venues by quarter and TA.
  • Current quarter licensed venues
  • Data - Data that sits behind all the dynamic tables and dashboard.

Two additional sheets provide help for navigating and reading the data:

  • Notes to the tables – details what is, and is not, included in the data.
  • Contents and directions – instructions for how to navigate the document and extract the information you need. It covers how to:
    • use control buttons to manipulate different views
    • uncover detail behind the graphs
    • troubleshoot.

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