Kiwis spent $2.4 billion in 2018 to betting, which is about $648 every person in this country. It was $49 m more in the 2018 year than last, but that was a slight decline over the previous financial year until unemployment and population increase were taken into consideration.

kiwi playing at an online casino

All of this continues the trend of dropping gambling budgets throughout this country, although substance abuse groups say its level of gambling-related harm has stayed the same about over a decade. The Interior Department, launching today’s figures, said that the most significant proportion of spending goes to non-casino gaming consoles, also recognized as pokies. The total of $895 m has been expended on pokies. Much of the devices are closely connected to betting damage, and authorities directed many of the harm reduction measures.

Notwithstanding these measures, overall gambling on pokies so far this year is just slightly down-from around $242 per individual to $238 for every person.

Close to $580 million was spent on the six casinos throughout the state; four of those had record seasons. And $350 billion was spent on betting on athletics and racing, which has the most development out of any part of the market. DIA said that this was due to effective marketing campaigns but also the growth of online gambling all over the Football World Cup as well as other events.

Prof Max Abbott, the founder of AUT’s Research Center for Gambling & Addictions, has said that the sum of money New Zealanders were gaming had dropped by around 20 percent for 15 years. But gambling-related damage rates have remained constant over that period.

That was attributed to the return of many gambling addicts, Abbott added. Half of the two-thirds of current problem bettors were individuals who broke the tradition before returning to it.

Migrants in countries such as China or, indeed, the Pacific Islands who had never been used to gambling in either the past or have been more prone to addiction have also been partially behind the relentless level for problem gambling.

Community organizations also continue to rely heavily on income from gambling. Last year’s betting spending only under $750 m came back to the society, and only about $300 m headed to community organizations to fund sporting teams, education and health programs, or other projects.

When betting revenue slowly declines, there are questions about how to finance such organizations throughout the future. A study of this problem began by the previous administration, which included looking for alternative sources of financing. It collapsed after the government’s switch. There is one hole in the latest DIA results-they may not display any New Zealanders betting on overseas online gaming, such as electronic gambling sites or playing video games.

Such a growing sector is troubling the government since offshore websites were not regulated, they were not required to return cash to the country, and they do not have any damage minimization steps.

Throughout April, Minister of Internal Affairs Cathy Martin is due to write a discussion paper on betting websites legislation and their investment. Abbott stated New Zealand’s total investment in online gaming is still fairly low at around $15 million and $50 million. When relative to all the other parts of the business, it was expected to grow steadily. In the future, there will be a rise in investment as forecasted.


2017/18GAMBLING IN stated New Zealand, 

  • Total payout: $2.38billion
  • $340m on sports betting and TAB racing 
  • $578m in casinos 
  • $894m on un-casino gaming machines 
  • $561m on New Zealand lotteries 

What would pay for $2.38b?

  • Almost all the Auckland Rail Link City ($3.4b) 
  •       Almost the entire annual allocation for public housing ($2.6b)

 (Department of Internal Affairs)