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Gaming Statistics

Statistics can be viewed or downloaded from the .pdf files shown below.

To read or print these files, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download this program free from the Adobe site. Hard copy versions are available from Gaming Licensing.



Gambling Expenditure Statistics
The following .pdf files show the amount spent on the four main types of gaming activity - racing, New Zealand Lotteries Commission, gaming machines (outside casinos) and casinos - between 1979 and 2003.
Main points in the statistics
It is important to view the explanations page together with the statistics table. When viewing this information, do not confuse the terms "turnover" and "expenditure". Turnover does not represent the amount "spent", because, particularly in relation to casinos, gaming machines and race betting, much of the amount "turned over" is actually given back to players in prize money.

The key trends over the 2002/03 period were:

  • An overall expenditure of $1,871 million on the four main areas, an increase of 12.3%.
  • A 2.6% increase in expenditure on racing and sports betting. This compares to a 1.8% increase for the previous year.
  • A decrease in expenditure on Lotteries Commission products of 4.8% (6.3% decrease in 2001/02).
  • A 21.1% increase in expenditure on non-casino gaming machines (a 30.2% increase in 2001/02).

Gaming Machine Statistics

This information is posted on the Gaming Licensing section of the Department of Internal Affairs website at quarterly intervals. It shows the numbers and types of societies licensed to operate approved gaming machines on approved sites on that day. It does not include any gaming machines, societies or sites that were, or may become, the subject of an amendment or new application to operate gaming machines and were therefore unlicensed on the date shown.


To read or print these files, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download this program free from the
Adobe site. Hard copy versions are available from Gaming Licensing.

Society, venue and gaming machine numbers:
31 March 2004 New Categories NEW!
31 March 2004 Old Categories NEW!
31 December 2003
30 June 2003
31 March 2003

Percentage of gaming machines by society:
31 March 2004 New Categories NEW!
31 March 2004 Old Categories NEW!
31 December 2003
30 June 2003
31 March 2003

Percentage of gaming machine venues by society:
31 March 2004 New Categories NEW!
31 March 2004 Old Categories NEW!
31 December 2003 NEW!
30 June 2003
31 March 2003

Gaming machine numbers 1988-2003:

June 1994 - 31 March 2004 NEW!

April 1988 - 31 December 2000

Gaming machine sites & numbers by territorial authority:

NEW! Summary of venues & numbers by territorial authority at 31 December 2003 (7/4/2004)

NEW! Venues & numbers by territorial authority at 31 December 2003 - venue information is sorted by territorial authority (7/4/2004)

Summary of sites & numbers by territorial authority at 31 December 2003 (20/1/2003)

Sites & numbers by territorial authority at 31 December 2003 - site information is sorted by territorial authority (13/1/2003)

Sites & numbers by territorial authority at 30 June 2003 - site information is sorted by territorial authority (9/10/2003)*

Sites & numbers by society at 30 June 2003 - site information is sorted by society (9/10/2003)*
*These figures do not include any licensed gaming machines held in storage

IMPORTANT NOTE:
The currently available information (dated 30 June 2003) will not provide an accurate picture of the number of machines permitted to operate in venues under the Gambling Act 2003, which came into force on 19 September 2003.

Under the new Act, societies must report to DIA by 19 October 2003 on the number, models and serial numbers of machines lawfully operated at each venue on 22 September 2003. This information will become a licence condition and cannot be changed without a licence amendment from DIA. In addition, increases in machine numbers on venues require territorial authority consent before the licence can be amended.

*This document is in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. To read or print these files, you need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site. Hard copy versions are available from Gaming Licensing.

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