A pou sharing the thoughts of Te Atatu Intermediate School students about gambling in their communities will be on display in Mangere today as part of an event to mark Gamble Harm Awareness week.
A new report has found pokies machines in small venues don’t offer the checks against problem gambling as those in casinos.
The Department of Internal Affairs employed a mystery shopper strategy using actors displaying the traits of problem gamblers.
Anthony Hawke, the Maori public health manager at Hapai Te Hauora, says the result was an indictment on the laws that allow the machines to go into bars and smaller clubs which don’t have the software and trained host responsibility staff available to larger venues.
This week the Department of Internal Affairs released the results of the "mystery shopper" audit of pokie venues. Casinos and smaller clubs and societies known as 'Class 4' venues were visited by actors trained to mimic problem gambling behaviour. The interactions with staff were evaluated to test venue compliance against regulatory requirements.
Australia leads by example in gambling harm reduction measures in the 2017 Budget. Hāpai Te Hauora and The Salvation Army urge Communications Minister Simon Bridges to consider similar regulatory interventions here.
Hāpai Te Hauora, supported by indigenous academics and public health experts, recently took a stand against the appropriation of Māori culture and the potential to cause harm through problem gambling.
In January 2017 Hāpai Te Hauora was alerted to the presence of an online gaming product called 'Maori' created by international software company Endorphina Ltd. The game includes images of tāne and wahine Māori, waka, pounamu, stylised bone carvings and a rendition of the haka Ka Mate.
Hāpai Te Hauora is deeply concerned to learn of a new online gambling site targeting Māori and using shameful cultural rip-offs.
Endorphina Games has launched an online slot game called 'Maori' using imagery which is blatant cultural appropriation including images of wahine and tāne Māori, pounamu and stylised bone carvings.
Endorphina, an online gaming company based in the Czech Republic, claims their game is a "celebration of cultural heritage" from New Zealand.
A recent television media interview for TVNZ's Seven Sharp was titled "Time to stop dimming the lights? Gaming rooms are designed to fuel addiction". University of Auckland Professor Peter Adams has specialist expertise in addiction, and he raised concerns about the potential of gaming environments in New Zealand to create and reinforce behaviour which leads to problem gambling.
A pan-continental collaboration of indigenous researchers including Hāpai Te Hauora will present at the National Association of Gambling Studies conference on indigenous gambling this week.
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