New data from the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) reveals pokie machine operators in south Auckland made $21 million in profits in the first quarter of 2021, Stuff reports. Even though the figures are down on the previous quarter, the amount being spent on gaming machines in south Auckland remains a serious concern according to Problem Gambling Foundation. Despite the Auckland Council’s sinking lid policy, the majority of venues continue to be located in high-deprivation areas like south Auckland.

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