Upper Hutt City Council
Upper Hutt Pokie Stats
In the 2019 calendar year, $939 million was lost across New Zealand on pokie machines in pubs, clubs and TABs (Class 4 gambling).
lost on pokies in pubs and clubs 2019
$680,269 more than 2018
The Health and Lifestyles Survey run by the Health Promotion Agency shows that only 1.3% of New Zealanders regularly use pub pokie machines, and the Department of Internal Affairs estimates that 30% of pokie machine losses come from moderate-risk or problem gamblers.
There are a range of estimates on how much of pokie machine expenditure comes from problem gamblers - for example, the Australian Productivity Commission estimates a range between 40% and 60%. At whatever percentage, it is evident that a large proportion of money lost on pokies comes from a small number of people.
Upper Hutt Pokie Venues and Trusts
50% of the 15,476 machines (7,700) across New Zealand are in the most deprived communities - decile 8-10.
The concentration of gambling venues tends to be higher in areas of high deprivation. Therefore gambling taxation and redistribution to community purposes tends to be regressive, i.e. placing a higher burden on the less-well-off.
It is therefore reasonable to conclude that the majority of the money being lost on pokies is coming from the poorest New Zealanders - those who can least afford it.
Link to Donna's reports or pie graph showing split between local grants and rest of the money (inc taxes, levy, grants sent elsewhere etc)