Minimising Gambling Harm National Coordination

The National Coordination Service enables an opportunity for Māori leadership in the field of Gambling Harm Prevention and Minimisation. A unique position that provides certain workforce development and research perspectives among those tasked with preventing and minimising gambling harm throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our roles and employment should not define who we are and what we stand for yet at Hāpai Te Hauora a strategic function of the organisation enables support of all things Hauora Māori and this supports "Ka whakakaha te lwi Māori i roto i te ao Hurihuri" - a strengthening of Maori in a modern world. An appropriate quote captures the drive behind quality improvement in addictions:

What does the National Coordination Service offer:

  • Monthly e-newsletters and sustained communications for those employed in the Prevention and Minimisation of Gambling Harm workforce
  • Coordination of events, training, and engagements for the sector
  • Delivery of the National Training Forum
  • Liaison between government and the workforce and sector
  • Support for the induction of new services and staff to the sector
  • Pastoral care and support for the sector
  • Coordination and support for the Expert Advisory Group

The National Coordination Service leads communications and movements within the preventing and minimising gambling harm sector, it is a central point for the dissemination of key messages and information for providers of problem gambling services. It also seeks to enhance collaborations among agencies involved in preventing and minimising gambling-related harm. NCS oversees the National Prevention and Minimising Gambling Harm (PMGH) Advisory Group alongside a panel of Ministry Infrastructure services, including Te Kākano, Abacus and Te Hiringa Hauora.

The NMGH advisory group has seven members who demonstrate expertise in the following key areas:

  • Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm Clinical
  • Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm Public Health
  • Asian Health
  • Māori Health
  • Pacific Health
  • Workforce Development and Training
  • Lived Experience

Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm 2019/20-2021/22

Since 1 July 2004, the Ministry of Health has been responsible for developing and implementing the ‘integrated problem gambling strategy focused on public health’ that is described in section 317 of the Gambling Act 2003.

The Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm 2019/20 to 2021/22 is the latest of those strategy documents. The strategy sets out the Ministry’s approach to and budget for funding and coordinating services to prevent and minimise gambling harm during the three year period starting 1 July 2019.

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He Taumata

He Taumata

The minimising gambling harm workforce hub

The National Coordination Service maintains the He Taumata website, which acts as a hub for the infrastructure service providers of the minimising gambling harm workforce.

He Taumata centralises all infrastructure services and support for a unique workforce commissioned to prevent and minimise gambling harm. It seeks to establish a central reference point for all staff or kaimahi, no matter what skills or expertise they possess. It is a place where one might engage opportunities, with the best interests of those they represent in mind.

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Our Team

Maria Ngawati

Maria Ngawati

National Coordinator
Tiana Matiu

Tiana Matiu

Administrative Coordinator