2020 was a terrible year for the gambling industry. The year saw the closure of most in-person betting venues, with players and operators going broke. But similar can’t be said for the New Zealand gambling market, at least after the latest gambling financial report was released. 2020 saw Kiwi players spend a fortune on pokie machines to set a new record. The staggering numbers came as a surprise, considering New Zealand was one of the worst-hit countries with Covid-19.
New Zealand is one of the world's southernmost countries. Formerly part of the British Empire, it gained independence in 1947 and has a high quality of life, education and health services. Although the capital of New Zealand is Wellington, Auckland is its most populous city. The country's closest neighbors are New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga.