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Pokie takings down

Pokie takings down

Gaming machine expenditure in the country’s 1330 pubs and clubs in the first three months of 2014 dropped seven per cent on the takings for the last three months of 2013.

Figures released by the Department of Internal Affairs show that spending dropped from $206.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 to $192.8 million in the first quarter of 2014. This drop in spending between the fourth and first quarters of calendar years is in line with annual trends. And for the 12 months ended March 2014 expenditure was down two per cent from $828.7 million to $811.6 million.

Nationwide there were fewer licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines at the end of March compared with 12 months earlier. Licence holders fell from 353 to 336, venues declined from 1367 to 1330 and the number of gaming machines decreased from 17,542 to 17,182.

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.

Non-casino GM spending by Society Type – January - March 2014

Society TypeTotal GMP Quarter% of Total
Sports Clubs3,788,988.012.0%
Chartered Clubs14,948,301.318.2%
Total Club25,078,734.9113.0%
Total All192,761,148.21100.0%

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, including the Auckland super city.


(Background statistics follow)

Non-casino GM spending in quarter ended

31 March 2014$192.8 m
31 December 2013$206.7 m
30 Sept 2013$206.0 m
30 June 2013$206.1 m
31 March 2013$192.7 m
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 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 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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