|Since poker machine expansion was allowed by law a year ago, “Thousands more pokie machines are in pubs and clubs ... but they are spread over fewer sites and controlled by fewer gaming machine societies.” The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA), in charge of gambling matters in New Zealand, reported that as of June 30 2003, there were 699 pokie societies or clubs, 2,122 pokie sites, and 25,221 pokie machines outside New Zealand’s six casinos. |
It seems that as the evolution of pokie has resulted in consolidation rather than extension of ownership and operation, the number of pokie societies has decreased by 9 per cent in the last year. Meanwhile, the number of sites has dropped by 1.4 %, according to the DIA report. However, the number of pokie machines has increased by 14%.