June 28, 2019
Māori targeted in gambling harm strategy
Targeting Māori, Pacific and Asian communities which are disproportionately impacted by gambling harm is a key focus of a new strategy released today.
Launching the strategy this morning at an Ōtara healthcare clinic, Associate Health Minister Jenny Salesa says about 5 per cent of New Zealand's population experiences some level of individual gambling harm, and 1 in 5 New Zealanders will be affected by their own or someone else's gambling during their lifetime.
She says He Ara Oranga, the report of the Government Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction, identified gambling as harmful due to its addictive nature and the financial stress and anxiety it causes families, contributing to neglect of children and family violence.
The Government has allocated $60 million over three years for the new strategy, including an additional $5 million to pilot new services and support innovation to improve equities.
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