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New Zealand Pokie Revenue Gets $35m Safeguard

17 May 2005

NEW ZEALAND -- As reported by Stuff: "The Department of Internal Affairs has signed a $35 million six-year contract with a gambling technology company to supply an electronic monitoring system for pokie machines in an attempt to safeguard money intended for community groups.

"There are about 22,000 gaming machines licensed to 626 societies at 1850 pubs and clubs around New Zealand.

"...The department hopes electronic monitoring will greatly increase the accountability of the gambling sector and ensure community groups receive their entitled share of the takings.

"...Internal Affairs deputy secretary Andrew Secker said today incorrect banking and inaccurate record keeping by gambling operators were the most common problems found during department audits.

"...The contract is the first in the region for Intralot New Zealand; a local subsidiary of a European company operating in 28 countries..."

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