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Updated pokie stats published

30 October 2014

Pub and club gaming machine expenditure in the year ended September dropped 1.4 per cent from $819.4 million to $808 million.

There were also fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders fell from 347 to 321, gambling venues declined from 1343 to 1300 and the number of gaming machines decreased from 17,320 to 16,814.

Figures from the Department of Internal Affairs also show that spending by pokie gamblers in pubs and clubs rose between the second and third quarters of 2014, from $200.7 million at the end of June to $207.8 million at the end of September.

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 gambling operations to ensure the integrity of games and the accurate accounting of money.

Non-casino Gaming Machine spending by Society Type – July-September 2014

Society Type
Total Gaming Machine Profit for Quarter
% of Total
Sports Clubs
Chartered Clubs
Total Club
Total All
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: The figures are based on territorial authority boundaries, including the new Auckland City.

Media contact:
Trevor Henry, Senior Communications Adviser, Department of Internal Affairs
Ph 04 495 7211; cell 021 245 8642