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Pokies Venues in New Zealand

Pokies Venues in New Zealand

Any pubs or bars that have gaming machines are termed venues whilst a venue operator is the business that operates the venue. The person responsible for all the gaming machine operation is the venue manager.
Which society a venue operator wants to work with is based on:
– Alignment with good causes
– Solid reputation as both a fair and ethical operator
– Great service

After selecting which society to enter an agreement with, the venue hosts the gaming machines. Control over societies is not exerted by venue operators, nor do they influence grant decision making.



The proceeds from all gaming machines must be separate from all other funds by the venues. Any class 4 gaming machine is monitored electronically to determine how much money is put into each machine. This determines how much money the venue needs to transfer into the society’s bank account. All Proceeds are then provided to their respective corporate societies for distribution.

There is a capped payment that the venues will receive in exchange for hosting the machines. This amount reimburses them for actual, reasonable and necessary costs of operating a class 4 gambling machine. Should a venue payment be in excess of these costs, it is an illegal use of net proceeds and therefore a misuse of community money.

The legal system does not allow for any venue to profit from the hosting of a gaming machine. A requirement is that the venue does not rely on any gaming revenue for survival.


The main reason behind a venue choosing to host a pokie machine is because it offers customers a wider range of entertainment at a pub or bar. Many people believe that venues that offer gaming machines are more attractive to customers, and this also leads to them drinking more alcohol, which increases bar business.

This however is not entirely true, as anecdotal evidence suggests that pokies gamblers in pubs tend to not drink very much alcohol. Gaming machines may also distract some customers and put them off going to the bar.

It is illegal for societies to encourage a venue to host its machines, induced by anything such as trips to Australia or sports award dinner tickets.

Pokies in New Zealand

Zew Zealand is home to six operating casinos, the first of which opened in 1994.

  • Dunedin Casino

    – First opened in 1999 in the city of Dunedin, New Zealand. The casino is located 0.5kilometers south of the city centre. The casinos licence was suspended by the Gambling Commission for two years in 2006, after it was found to let a women gamble $6.6 million after a three-year period.

  • SkyCity Hamilton

    This entertainment complex is in the central business district of Hamilton, and overlooks the beautiful Waikato river. The casino opened its doors in September 2002, with the SkyCity Entertainment Group gaining 100% ownership in 2005. This complex currently includes one casino, nine food and beverage outlets, a 600-guest function centre, a 300-space car park building and a ten0pin bowling alley. SkyCity Hamilton also currently employs 300 staff members.

  • SkyCity Auckland 

    The casino is both a casino and an event centre and you can find it in the central business district of Auckland. Sitting at the bottom of the Sky tower, it was the second casino to open in New Zealand, and still the only one in Auckland.

  • SkyCity Queenstown

    Fourth casino to open in New Zealand, back on 7 December 2000. The casino licence currently runs until December 2025. Queenstown hosts eight gambling tables, and additional four gaming tables in the VIP room, and 86 gaming machines. More than NZ$128,600 was donated in 2015 by the Queenstown Casino Community Trust, towards grants in community groups. The casino is also a major sponsor or co-sponsor of local events, and since May 2016, they have sponsored the local ice hockey team, SkyCity Southern Stampede.

  • Christchurch Casino

    This casino was New Zealands very first casino, and it opened in 1994. Inside the casino, you can find five hundred slot machines and thirty-four table games. There are three restaurants and two bars on the property, and entry is only for persons above the age of 20.

  • SkyCity Wharf Casino – 

    The opening of the casino was in June 2013, and it currently holds a licence that runs until September 2024. The SkyCIty Wharf Casino is authorised to operate six gaming tables and 74 gaming machines. Six gaming tables and 61 gaming machines are operated by the casino.