Southern pokies proceed
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.