New Zealand pokie numbers fall, but spending is up

Spending on pokie machines other than in casinos in New Zealand went up in 2015 despite a fall in the number of machines, reaching NZ$828 million (US$545 million) according to the Department of Internal Affairs which electronically monitors all machines.

The two percent rise in spending in 2015 comes about despite a fall in “licence holders fell from 312 to 300, venues from 1287 to 1238, an almost 4 percent decline, and gaming machines dropped almost 2 per cent from 16,717 to 16,393”.

 The figures, released yesterday – show that 87 percent of the pokie machines are in pubs and taverns with the rest in sports and chartered clubs and RSAs.