Net amount spent by people gambling in New Zealand

By operator type, financial year 2017, NZD millions


All values are actual (not inflation adjusted), in NZ dollars, GST inclusive.


Financial year-end: the gambling operator's reported balance date. In most cases this will be 30 June. In some cases, however, the balance date differs (e.g. New Zealand Racing Board at 31 July and Dunedin Casino at 31 March).
Expenditure: also known as "gross profit" or "casino win", means the gross amount wagered by gamblers, less the amount paid out or credited as prizes or dividends. In other words, "expenditure" is the amount lost or spent by players, as well as the gross profit of the gambling operator.
Prizes: also known as "dividends", means the cash amount, or the cash value of prizes, paid out or credited to players.
Turnover: the total (gross) amount wagered by gamblers. This figure is published by the New Zealand Lotteries Commission and by the New Zealand Racing Board for TAB betting. It includes a "churn" factor, or re-investment, where the same dollar is counted more than once. This is particularly relevant for rapid re-investment forms of gaming like gaming machines or race betting. For example, if a player has $20 to spend on a gaming machine and plays until the full $20 is lost, it is possible that this $20 will be recorded on the machine's meters as $120 or more of turnover (gross amount wagered). Turnover is not an indicator of the amount spent by players or of the profit of the operator.

Limitations of the data

With each new release of this information, gambling operators review their previous years' data and, where necessary, provide revised information.

Data provided by

Department of Internal Affairs

Dataset name

Gambling Statistics: Gambling Expenditure Statistics Table 2016/2017


Import & extraction details

File as imported: Gambling Statistics: Gambling Expenditure Statistics Table 2016/2017

From the dataset Gambling Statistics: Gambling Expenditure Statistics Table 2016/2017, this data was extracted:

  • Sheet: Actual (nominal) statistics
  • Range: B6:I25
  • Provided: 88 data points

This data forms the table Gambling - Gambling operators financial statistics by type (Actual) 2010–2017.

Dataset originally released on:

February 22, 2018

Method of collection/Data provider

The Department has compiled these statistics using information from the Electronic Monitoring System and gambling operators.