Pokie spending up in South Canterbury
Spending is up at gaming machines in South Canterbury, bucking the national trend.
In Timaru, gaming machine proceeds were $3.03 million in the three months to December, up from $2.77m in the previous quarter.
It was a slight increase on the same quarter in 2012, when $3m was spent.
Mackenzie and Waimate also experienced increases. In Waimate, spending went from $240,505 in the third quarter of the year to $253,004 in the last quarter. Mackenzie spent $269,958, up from $188,244 in the September quarter.
Gaming machine expenditure in the Timaru district remains at 1.4 per cent of the national total, while South Canterbury experienced a slight decrease in gaming machine venues and machines.
There are 33 gaming machine venues and 336 machines, down from 34 and 343, respectively, 12 months ago.
Nationally, figures released by Internal Affairs showed that in the year ended December 31, the number of gaming machines in the country's 1381 pubs and clubs decreased by 463 or just over 2.5 per cent from 18,133 to 17,670.
There were 29 fewer gaming machine venues compared with a year earlier.
Gaming machine expenditure in the same period declined by 3.1 per cent or $27.1m from $866.8m to $839.7m.
Expenditure of $214.6m in the fourth quarter of 2012 was $5.8m less or 2.6 per cent on the same period of 2011 but $1.7m or 0.8 per cent up on the third quarter of 2012.
The Timaru Herald