New Zealand pokies take a 3.1 pct hit


Kiwi expenditure on gaming machines dropped by USD$ 22.8 million last year, taking a 3.1 percent hit. According to figures released by the Department of Internal Affairs, Kiwis spent $70.7 million in 2012 compared to the $72.9 million registered the previous year. Both the number of machines and venues have also dropped.  There were 17,670 machines in the market in 2012 – down from 18,133 in 2011 – in 29 fewer venues.