South­ern pok­ies pro­ceed

Waitaki Herald - - FRONT PAGE -

STAFF RE­PORTER

Pro­ceeds from pub and club gam­ing ma­chines in the Waitaki Dis­trict for the first three months of this year was up marginally on the last three months of 2017.

Just un­der $825,000 was spent in the dis­trict in the three months to March, up $7766 (0.9 per cent) on the $832,759 spent in the last quar­ter of last year.

Waitaki Dis­trict has 106 ap­proved gam­ing ma­chines in 11 venues.

To­tal pro­ceeds from gam­ing ma­chines through­out New Zealand in the first three months of this year were up $4.7 mil­lion, or 2.3 per cent, on the same pe­riod last year but, in line with an­nual trends, less than at the end of 2017, ac­cord­ing to fig­ures from the De­part­ment of In­ter­nal Af­fairs.

Spend­ing to­talled $212 mil­lion for the quar­ter end­ing March 31, com­pared with $207.3 mil­lion for quar­ter end­ing March 31, 2017.

Be­tween the fourth quar­ter of 2017 and the first quar­ter of 2018 spend­ing dropped $16.7 mil­lion, from $228.8 mil­lion at the end of De­cem­ber to $212 mil­lion at March 31, 2018.

The num­ber of li­cence hold­ers through­out the coun­try fell over that pe­riod from 257 to 253, venues de­clined from 1156 to 1146, and the num­ber of gam­ing ma­chines de­creased from 15,632 to 15,490.

Auck­land City ac­counts for 30 per cent of the na­tional spend on pub and club gam­ing ma­chines. In the first quar­ter of the year, close to $64m was spent at venues across the city.

In the 12 months to the end of March this year, gam­ing ma­chine pro­ceeds na­tion­ally rose 2.5 per cent from $866.1 mil­lion to $888.1 mil­lion.

Over the last 12 months the num­ber of venues fell by 50 to 1146. There were also 523 fewer gam­ing ma­chines in the coun­try, at 15,490, and 26 fewer li­cence hold­ers at 253.

Venues cat­e­gorised by the De­part­ment of In­ter­nal Af­fairs as ‘non-clubs’ ac­counted for the bulk of the spend­ing na­tion­wide. Close to $189 mil­lion was spent on gam­ing ma­chines in ‘non clubs’ in the first three months of the year. Just over $14m was spent at char­tered clubs, $5.8m at RSAs, and $3.3m at sports clubs.

More than $888 mil­lion was spent on gam­ing ma­chines in New Zealand in the 12 months to the end of March.

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