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The Gaming Machine Association of New Zealand (GMANZ) is an incorporated society representing the gaming machine sector in New Zealand. We make sure the voices of societies, venues, operators, tech experts, and all people employed by this industry are heard in discussions about class 4 gambling at a regional and national level. 

In New Zealand, 100 percent of class 4 gambling spend is returned to the community after prizes are paid out and operating costs covered. Returning 100 percent of the remaining spend in the form of community grants is a unique and world-leading model for running our gaming machine sector. 

In 2022, about $330m was given to nearly 10,000 community groups around the country. These grants are vitally important for millions of New Zealanders and their families. Gaming revenue pays for youth services, sports, disability groups, arts, ambulances, and much more. GMANZ is proud to be part of an ecosystem which sustains initiatives that help communities thrive. 

GMANZ is committed to reducing and mitigating problem gambling in New Zealand, and we are in full support of the government’s aims to minimise gambling harm. Our sector happily pays tens of millions per year to the Gambling Levy which pays agencies to provide harm reduction services. GMANZ strongly supports the use of effective harm minimisation tools in all Class 4 venues and believes a well-controlled and monitored environment is the best place for people to gamble safely. 

What is class 4 gambling?

New Zealand has a unique system set up to provide funding to the community from the money gambled on gaming machines in pubs and clubs. 

These Class 4 gaming machines (‘pokies’) are administered by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). DIA is responsible for ensuring that gaming machines are operated within the laws. 

Class 4 Gambling is defined by DIA as:

  • Any activity that involves the use of a gaming machine outside a casino
  • May be run only by a corporate society and only to raise money for authorised purposes.
  • Authorised purposes include charities, community organisations, arts, cultural, clubs, sports, and health.

You can read more about Class 4 gambling on DIA’s website. 


GMANZ has an independent chair & an Executive Committee.

Lisa-Maree Fleck

Manager ILT Foundation

Mike Knell

NZCT Chief Executive

Martin Cheer

Pub Charity Chief Executive

Jeremy Smith

Managing Director, Trinity Group

Lisa Beighton

General Manager, Porirua Club

Karen Shea

CEO / Trustee - Aotearoa Gaming Trust (AGT)

Paul Andrew

Managing Director, Action Gaming

Jinesh Patel

CEO - Gaming Technologies Association

Iain Craw 

General Manager, Petone Club