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Further drop in pokie numbers and spending

MEDIA RELEASE 5 February 2013

Further drop in pokie numbers and spending

Figures released by the Department of Internal Affairs show that in the year ended 31 December 2012 the number of gaming machines in the country’s 1381 pubs and clubs decreased by 463 or just over 2.5 per cent from 18,133 to 17,670. There were 29 fewer gaming machine venues compared with a year earlier.

Gaming machine expenditure in the same period declined by 3.1 per cent or $27.1 million from $866.8 million to $839.7 million. Expenditure of $214.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $5.8 million less or 2.6 per cent on the same period of 2011 but $1.7 million or 0.8 per cent up on the third quarter of 2012.

The spending is captured through the Electronic Monitoring System (EMS) of non-casino gaming machines, 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.

Non-casino GM spending by Society Type – Oct - Dec 2012

Society TypeTotal GMP Quarter% of Total
Sports Clubs3,859,567.671.8%
Chartered Clubs16,649,926.628.2%
Total Club27,911,006.6813.0%
Total All214,607,391.67100.0%

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: www.dia.govt.nz. The figures are based on territorial authority boundaries that existed prior to the new Auckland super city.


(Background statistics follow)

Background information:

Non-casino GM spending in quarter ended

31 December 2012$214.6 m
30 Sept 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
30 June 2011$219.9 m
31 March 2011$205.1 m
31 December 2010$215.8 m
30 September 2010$215.2 m
30 June 2010$209.8 m
31 March 2010$199.9 m
31 December 2009$218.8 m
30 September 2009$220.7 m
30 June 2009$217.3 m
31 March 2009$208.7 m
31 December 2008$230.7 m
30 September 2008$232.3 m
30 June 2008$231 m
31 March 2008$218.5 m
31 December 2007$245.3 m
30 September 2007$243.5 m
30 June 2007$237.7 m

Licensed gambling operations in pubs and clubs
DateLicence holdersVenuesGaming machines
31 Dec 2012357138117,670
30 Sept 2012361139017,827
30 June 2012361140017,943
31 March 2012359140318,001
31 Dec 2011360141018,133
30 Sept 2011 360140918,167
30 June 2011 364142118,309
31 March 2011365143018,484
31 Dec 2010367144318,681
30 Sept 2010369143818,601
30 June 2010370145518,944
31 March 2010374147019,115
31 Dec 2009378149119,359
30 Sept 2009377148619,296
30 June 2009384150119,479
31 March 2009394152719,739
31 Dec 2008399153719,879
30 Sept 2008405155120,025
30 June 2008415155219,856
31 March 2008421156920,018
31 Dec 2007428158520,182
30 Sept 2007435159320,163
30 June 2007439159820,120


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