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Labor government invests to prevent gambling harm

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The Labor Government has announced a significant investment to prevent and minimize the harm caused by gambling.

“Gambling harm is a serious public health issue and can have a devastating effect on the well-being of individuals, whānau and communities. One in five New Zealanders will experience gambling harm in their lifetime or know someone close to them. who suffers from it.

“The government has invested $76 million in a new strategy to prevent and minimize harm from gambling which will include:

Training pathways to enable a more skilled and diverse workforce, including more peers and cultural support workers;

New and expanded digital services and media;

Education initiatives to reduce harm to rangatahi (youth);

A de-stigmatization initiative to help change the discourse on the harms of gambling and encourage people to seek help;

Better support for vulnerable communities, including Maori, Pacific Islanders and Asians.

“The new funding and strategy aligns our efforts to prevent and minimize gambling harms with health and disability system reforms and the new mental health system we are building,” said Andrew Little.

“Effective gambling regulation means we can deal with harm, including financial problems, relationship problems, domestic violence and alcohol abuse. The new investment and strategy is to show we mean business. to protect New Zealand from these wrongdoings,” Home Affairs Minister Jan Tinetti said.

“The Strategy to Prevent and Minimize Gambling Harm was developed following public consultation in late 2021 and will ensure that services are co-designed with people with lived experience of gambling harm, service providers, community groups and industry bodies,” said Jan Tinetti.

The strategy to prevent and minimize gambling harm will be funded by a problem gambling levy paid by non-casino slot operators, casinos, TAB NZ and the New Zealand Lotteries Commission.

(With contributions from the New Zealand government press release)