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Pokie spending patterns continue


20 April 2017

Proceeds from pub and club gaming machines in the first three months of this year were $7.8 million or 3.9 per cent more than for the same period last year but, in line with annual trends, less than at the end of 2016, according to figures from the Department of Internal Affairs. Spending totalled $207.3 million for the quarter ending 31 March 2017, compared with $199.5 million for quarter ending 31 March 2016.
Gaming machine expenditure has been relatively stable since 2010 when the March year total was $856.7 million, one per cent less than this year’s spend of $865.9 million. Monitoring and analysis is underway by the Department to see if recent increases become a trend.

Preliminary results from the 2016 Health and Lifestyle Survey indicate there has been no increase in the overall prevalence of problem gambling from 2014 to 2016. These indicate a downward trend but do not achieve statistical significance. The planned national gambling survey for 2017 will indicate whether this downward trend has been sustained. When taking into account population growth from 2014 to 2016, the preliminary results indicate there has been no significant increase in the numbers of people who meet criteria for problem gambling.

There were fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines at 31 March 2017, compared with 12 months earlier. Over the year licence holders fell 4.5 per cent from 292 to 279, venues declined 2 per cent from 1224 to 1196, and gaming machines dropped 1.6 per cent from 16,274 to 16,013.

Between the fourth quarter of 2016 and the first quarter of 2017 spending dropped $16.3 million, from $223.6 million at the end of December to $207.3 million at 31 March 2017, licence holders fell from 281 to 279, venues declined from 1206 to 1196 and the number of gaming machines decreased from 16,148 to 16,013.


Non-casino GM spending by Society Type – January-March 2017
Society Type
Total GMP Quarter
% of Total
Non-Club
183,732,597.80
88.6
Sports Clubs
3,235,528.07
1.6
Chartered Clubs
14,263,535.96
8.2
RSAs
6,102,150.62
2.9
Total Club
23,601,214.65
11.4
Total All
207,333,812.45
100.0
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.

A regional breakdown of expenditure is available from the Department’s Gaming Statistics web page. The figures are based on territorial authority boundaries, including Auckland city.

Footnote: We don’t adjust these quarterly stats for inflation or population, only the annual gambling expenditure statistics covering the four main forms of gambling – casinos, racing, lotteries and class 4.

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Non-casino GM spending in quarter ended

31 March 2017$207.3 m
31 December 2016$223.6 m
30 September 2016$218.9 m
30 June 2016$216.1 m
31 March 2016$199.5 m
31 December 2015$214.4 m
30 September 2015$213.5 m
30 June 2015$207.0 m
31 March 2015$193.2 m
31 December 2014$210.1 m
30 September 2014$207.8 m
30 June 2014$200.7 m
31 March 2014$192.8 m
31 December 2013$206.7 m
30 September 2013$206.0 m
30 June 2013$206.1 m
31 March 2013$192.7 m
31 December 2012$214.6 m
30 September 2012$212.9 m
30 June 2012$208.5 m
31 March 2012$203.7 m
31 December 2011$220.4 m
30 September 2011$221.4 m
Licensed gambling operations in pubs and clubs
DateLicence holdersVenuesGaming machines
31 March 2017279119616,013
31 December 2016281120616,148
30 September 2016284121416,221
30 June 2016 287122016,238
31 March 2016292122416,274
31 December 2015300123816,393
30 September 2015309125516,440
30 June 2015309126616,579
31 March 2015312127716,614
31 Dec 2014312128716,717
30 Sept 2014321130016,814
30 June 2014329132117,130
31 March 2014336133017,182
31 Dec 2013338133517,266
30 Sept 2013347134317,320
30 June 2013351135617,534
31 March 2013353136717,542
31 Dec 2012357138117,670
30 Sept 2012361139017,827
30 June 2012361140017,943
31 March 2012359140318,001
31 Dec 2011360141018,133
30 Sept 2011360140918,167