Pokie spending up

19:05, Nov 18 2012

The spend on pokies in Marlborough has risen during the past three months, but remains down on the same time last year.

From June 30 to September 30, gamblers had spent $2.4 million on gaming machines in Marlborough, up more than $100,000 from the previous three months.

However, the amount was down almost $50,000 on the same time last year, following a nationwide decrease.

Nationally, $212.9m was spent on pokie machines, $8.5m less than the same time last year.

Internal Affairs spokesman Trevor Henry said the figures in Marlborough had followed a trend since 2010, where spending rose between April and September, but dropped again between October and March.

Clubs of Marlborough chief executive Lee Davis said spending on the club's pokies had increased in July, when it hosted the national Clubs New Zealand darts championships.

Generally, the amount spent on pokies at the clubs was steady and did not follow national trends, he said.