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: 31 December 2020

Gaming Machine Profits (GMP) Dashboard ( website XLXS and machine readable formats)

The Excel spreadsheet contains 4 reports. Explanations to help you understand the information, and what it shows is provided below. 

Interpreting the data

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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Current quarter trends

Date range: October to December 2020

GMP increased by 3.7 percent ($9 million) between the September and December 2020 quarters. This increase is significantly higher than the average increase between the same quarters over the past 5 years (0.6 percent) and indicates a continuation of the surge in gambling activity observed during the previous quarter.

Quarterly GMP for December 2020 ($252 million) is the highest quarterly figure documented since records began in 2007. The next highest was December 2007 at $245 million followed by September 2019 at $244 million.

Class 4 Gambling Expenditure by Quarter and District

From year end 2019 to year end 2020, GMP decreased by 13.6 percent ($128 million). This is a stark contrast to the 3.2 percent average yearly increase seen over the last 5 years. The decrease reflects a significant loss of GMP in 2020 due to the impacts of COVID-19 on the Class 4 gambling sector, including venue closures and physical distancing requirements during the alert level changes:

  • 26 March 2020 – Level 4 nationwide, all venues closed
  • 28 April 2020 – Level 3 nationwide, all venues closed
  • 14 May 2020 – Level 2 nationwide, venues open with physical distancing
  • 9 June 2020 – Level 1 nationwide, venues operating normally
  • 12 August 2020 – Level 3 Auckland region, all venues closed & Alert Level 2 nationwide (except Auckland), venues open with physical distancing
  • 22 September 2020 – Level 1 nationwide (except Auckland), venues operating normally
  • 24 September 2020 – Level 2 Auckland region, venues open with physical distancing
  • 8 October 2020 – Level 1 Auckland region, all venues operating normally nationwide.

Nationally, the number of venues this quarter is the same as the previous quarter, while gaming machines increased by 27 to a new total of 14,781. Although historic trends have shown a gradual reduction of venues and machines over time, an increase in gaming machines was also observed in the June 2020 quarter. Overall compared to December 2019, there are 12 fewer venues and 75 fewer gaming machines.

Gaming machine numbers

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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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