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Fewer machines but more spent on pokies

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/01/2017 Sean Martin

Spending on pub and club pokies in New Zealand continues to rise despite a drop in the number of gaming machines.

Proceeds in the fourth quarter of 2016 were $223.6 million, up 4.3 per cent on the same period in 2015, according to Department of Internal Affairs figures.

The total spending for the 2016 calendar year was $858.2 million, a rise of 3.6 per cent on last year.

However, the number of licence holders, gambling venues and gaming machines at December 31 were all down compared with 12 months earlier.

At the end of 2016, there were 16,148 gaming machines in operation, 245 fewer than 12 months earlier.

2016 POKIE NUMBERS (v 2015)

Fourth quarter proceeds: $223.6m ($214.3m) up 4.3 per cent

Calendar year proceeds: $858.2m ($828.1m) up 3.6 per cent

At December 31:

Licence holders - 281 (300) down 6.3 per cent

Gambling venues - 1206 (1238) down 2.6 per cent

Gaming machines - 16,148 (16,393) down 1.5 per cent

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