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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 Compliance.



Gambling Expenditure Statistics
The following .pdf file shows the amount spent on the four main types of gaming activity - racing, New Zealand Lotteries Commission, gaming machines (outside casinos) and casinos - between 1981 and 2005.

Key trends over the 2004/05 period
  • In 2004/05, overall gambling expenditure decreased for only the second time in at least 25 years (by 0.6%, from $2.039 billion to $2.027 billion). Expenditure on racing and sports betting increased. This was offset by decreases in casino, Lotteries Commission, and non-casino gaming machine expenditure.
  • Compared with the previous year:
    (i) Expenditure on racing and sports betting increased by 3.3%, from $239 million to $247 million. This follows small but steady increases since 2001. However, in recent years, racing and sports betting together have tracked only just ahead of racing’s previous best ever year ($232 million in 1989). Adjusting for inflation would put the recent figures well below that year.

    (ii) Expenditure on Lotteries Commission products decreased by 0.7%, from $282 million to $280 million, despite an increase in turnover from $629 million to $630 million. Winning Wheel, Powerball and other product changes have helped the Commission sit at around $280 million for two years, after 4 years of declining expenditure. Even so, its recent figures are still below its peak years ($285 million to $288 million from 1997 to 1999), even without adjusting for inflation..

    (iii) Non-casino gaming machine expenditure decreased by 0.8%, from $1.035 billion to $1.027 billion. This is the first time it has ever decreased. It follows increases of 33% in 2001, 30% in 2002, 21% in 2003, and 10% in 2004.

    (iv) Casino gambling expenditure (which includes casino gaming machines) decreased by 2.5%, from $484 million to $472 million. This is the first time this figure has ever decreased. It follows increases of 8% in 2001, 11% in 2002, 11% in 2003, and 6% in 2004.
  • The small decreases seem to be attributable to the new regulatory environment introduced by the Gambling Act 2003 and its associated regulations being complemented by the smoke-free legislation that came into force in December 2004. There are indications that spending on non-casino gaming machine and casino gambling increased a little in the first half of 2004/05, before falling below the equivalent 2003/04 figures in the second half of the year.
  • Estimated turnover across the four sectors was $14.398 billion, compared with $14.519 billion the previous year.

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.


Gaming Machine Statistics

This information is posted on the Gambling 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 at approved venues on that day. It does not include any gaming machines, societies or venues 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.


Disclaimer: The Department of Internal Affairs makes every reasonable effort to maintain current and accurate information on this site, and it has been assembled in good faith.


Society, venue and gaming machine numbers:*

Summary graphs of gaming machines by society:*


Summary graphs of gaming machine venues by society:*
Timeline of gaming machine numbers 1988-2005:*
Gaming machine venues & numbers by territorial authority:*

*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 Compliance.

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