Southsea’s Healthcare and Raukura Hauora o Tainui will be holding their inaugural Otara Gamble Free Day on Thursday 8th September right in the heart of the Otara Town Centre between 10 – 2pm.

For a long time, Otara has been involved in the movement in reducing and minimising gambling related harm and this event will look to strengthen the work that has already been achieved by the community. It will focuses on giving youth a space to be involved in supporting gambling harm awareness.

Fane Tuihaangana is a health promoter within the Pasifika Ola Lelei Service of Southsea’s Healthcare and Raukura Hauora o Tainui. She says “we haven’t done a Gamble Free event in Otara before and I am looking forward to seeing what the community think.”

Local schools will be attending the event and sharing their views on gambling harm. “Younger generations need to be aware of the impacts of harmful gambling] and express themselves in their own way” says Mrs Tuihaangana.

Otara Gamble Free Day will see the range of talent on the stage and show the diversity that is iconically Otara. ‘Te Maire o Rangiatea’ will also be performing for which Mrs Tuihaangana says “is always a group favourite at events.”

The event is also supported by the regional Preventing and Minimising Gambling Related Harm Working Group – Te Ngira. Grant Reihana, Team Leader at Raukura Hauora o Tainui and Te Ngira spokesperson says “This event is to acknowledge and uplift our community in the hope of having a future that they truly want and deserve”.