The closure of four gaming venues in Palmerston North has led to this decline.
The venues are:
• Central Race Place TAB,18 machines
• Awapuni Motor Hotel,18 machines
• Malbas,18 machines
• Palmerston North RSA, 18 machines.
Palmerston North has 395 gaming machines that have consent to operate, however, only 386 were in operation during March this year.
Palmerston North City Council policy analyst Peter Ridge says the number of gaming machines with consent to operate is below the cap of 400 machines set by the Palmerston North Class 4 Gaming Machine Venue Policy.