NZ punters bet 5.6 percent more in 2016

Gamblers in New Zealand spent a total of NZ$2.2 billion (US$1.6 billion) in FY 2015/16, an increase of 5.6 percent, or NZ$118 million, according to the latest government data.

Of the four forms of gambling, casino gambling saw the largest increase, up 11.1 percent from NZ$527 million in 2015 to NZ$586 million in 2016.  

“This increase was driven by positive macro-economic conditions, record tourism and significant improvements to casino facilities,” said the department.

TAB racing and sports betting increased 5.3 percent to NZ$342 million in 2016, while NZ Lottery sales increase 4 percent to NZ$437 million. The take from non-casino gaming machines increased 3.1 per cent to NZ$843 million in 2016.