Poor communities feed pokies most

NZ Herald 30 April 2012
Some of the country’s poorest communities are feeding the most money into pokies, new data has revealed. Department of Internal Affairs figures show the richest individual machines are in Christchurch and bringing in an average of $110,268 each year. Six of the top 10 are in Auckland, with the highest average earner, at Mangere Bridge, pulling in $106,222 for each machine. The figure for the community pokies compares to an approximate $140,000 a year pulled in by each of SkyCity Casino’s pokies, which operate 24 hours a day, every day. The findings support research quoted by the Problem Gambling Foundation that the poorest communities spend the most on gambling.