Fact sheet - Gambling in New Zealand
New Zealand’s gambling outlook
Four out of every five adult New Zealanders gamble, and one in five gamble weekly or more. Lotto, raffles, and Instant Kiwi are the most common forms, with Lotto played by over half of adult Kiwis at least once a year.10
However, pokies are the most harmful form of gambling. The majority of people who seek help for their gambling problems do so because of non-casino pokies (i.e. those found in pubs). Casino gambling (including pokies and table games) is the second largest category.5
Two out of every five regular pokie users already have a gambling problem or are at risk of developing one.3
The recent National Gambling Study found that 2.5% of NZ adults are experiencing significant gambling-related harm, or are at immediate risk of harm. A further 5% are classified as low-risk, meaning they experience some harm.4
1 Department of Internal Affairs (2013). “Gaming Statistics.” Retrieved 9 June 2014, from http://www.dia.govt.nz/Resource-material-Information-We-Provide-Gaming-Statistics?OpenDocument.
2 Gambling Commission (n.d.). “Casino License Conditions.” Retrieved 2013 February 15, from http://www.gamblingcommission.govt.nz/gcwebsite.nsf/wpg_URL/Casino-Licence-Conditions-Index!OpenDocument.
3 Gray, R. (2011). “New Zealanders’ Participation in Gambling: Results from the 2010 Health and Lifestyles Survey.” Health Sponsorship Council.
4 Abbott, M., Bellringer, M., Garrett, N., & Mundy-McPherson, S. (2014). New Zealand 2012 National gambling study: Gambling harm and problem gambling. Wellington: Ministry of Health. Retrieved from https://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/pages/national_gambling_study_report_2.pdf
5 Ministry of Health (2016). “Service user data.” from http://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/preventative-health-wellness/problem-gambling/service-user-data.
6 Ministry of Health (2010). Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm: Six-year strategic plan 2010/11–2015/16. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
7 Health Sponsorship Council (2012). “New Zealanders’ Knowledge, Views and Experience of Gambling and Gambling Harm: Results from the 2010 Health and Lifestyles Survey.”
8 Wheeler, B., J. Rigby and T. Huriwai (2006). “Pokies and poverty: Problem gambling risk factor geography in New Zealand.” Health & Place 12(1).
9 Storer, J., M. Abbott and J. Stubbs (2009 ). “Access or adaptation? A meta-analysis of surveys of problem gambling prevalence in Australia and New Zealand with respect to concentration of electronic gaming machines.” International Gambling Studies 9(3): 225-244.
10 Abbott, M., Bellringer, M., Garrett, N., & Mundy-McPherson, S. (2014). New Zealand 2012 National gambling study: Overview and gambling participation. Wellington: AUT. Retrieved from https://www.health.govt.nz/system/files/documents/pages/national_gambling_study_report_1.pdff