Minimising Gambling Harm Public Health

We provide the information and support to talk about gambling related harm. We also provide opportunities for Māori communities to speak out on their views about this kaupapa. Māori communities in return, provide the content that helps to make both regional and community, policies and strategies. These policies and strategies inform the way our city evolves and what changes it needs to make to better support the way Māori communities live, play and work within it. Most importantly though, we make sure it is the vision of the whānau we connect with that underpins the mahi we carry out through the Preventing Gambling Harm kaupapa here at Hāpai.

Preventing gambling related harm is an objective across the wider population of Māori within Auckland, but the issues of significance they face as unique Māori communities inform the way in which they choose to address those harms. Understanding the harms associated to gambling is varied across our population, also enables us to understand the way we address those harms can be just as dynamic. At Hapai we are constantly forming new relationships, exploring new ideas and developing new concepts for our projects. Creating diversity ensures a growing number of Māori communities have the connection and resources to achieve their optimal wellbeing as is the original purpose of Hāpai - ‘oranga tangata, oranga whenua’

"our focus has been on empowering Rangatahi, Kaumātua and Consumers..."

David Frost - Hāpai Te Hauora

We have three major themes our work is done within:

  • Awareness raising in communities allows us to share the knowledge of how the region is addressing gambling related harm. This is also an opportunity to provide a space for our whānau to promote their own views to both the community and the wider Auckland network. This is always done through kanohi ki te kanohi.
  • Supporting communities to leverage their strengths. Finding opportunities to connect to each other and develop their own kete with tools, insight and relationships. We appreciate communities have a depth of knowledge. Our role is to become/teach/source/learn whatever it is that supports their vision for increased well being through preventing gambling harm.
  • Policy development both on a local and regional level helps design an environment that enhances community wellbeing. To that end, the uptake of these policies must to something that empowers communities to succeed. We build relationships with funders and local authorities to ensure our communities ideas are interwoven throughout a range of activities.

Additional services we deliver as part of our work across Auckland communities

Since 2018, our service has picked up the Effective Screening Environments and Safe Gambling Environments service lines, which enable us the opportunity to work with pubs, clubs and trusts to ensure they are providing an environment that supports and enables gambling addictions support to be accessed if a person is experiencing harm from their gambling.

A brief timeline in Aotearoa New Zealand

A brief timeline of the introduction, development and acceleration of gambling harm throughout the history of Aotearoa, New Zealand. Included in this timeline are several important highlights of various events that led to the displacement of Māori and their increased exposure to gambling harm.

Read here


12 February, 2021

Hāpai Te Hauora welcomes new tenancy rules providing additional security for renters

The Residential Tenancies Amendment Act 2020 is being rolled out in three phases, with phase 1 changes in effect since 11 August 2020. 

media release

20 August, 2020

Hāpai te Hauora warns against further dependence on gambling proceeds as new $40million Lotto Fund announced

The Lotto Community Wellbeing Fund was announced this week by Minister of Internal Affairs Tracy Martin, Presiding Member of the Lottery Grants Board. The new $40 million fund is targeted to community and social activities in response to COVID-19.

media release, gambling harm

13 May, 2020

Selah Hart, Hāpai Te Hauora CEO, spoke to Breakfast about SkyCity's re-opening strategy

This morning our CEO Selah Hart discussed the re-opening of SkyCity tomorrow and concerns held on the proposed method of contact tracing using their membership sign-up programme

gambling harm, gambling harm prevention

13 May, 2020

Media Release: Authors of White Paper provide solution to end community sector dependence on pokie funding

In a White Paper released today, the Salvation Army Oasis, Hāpai Te Hauora Tapui and the Problem Gambling Foundation, provide a solution to end the community sector’s dependence on funding from pok

media release, pokie funding, gambling harm, Salvation Army Oasis, Problem Gambling Foundation

Our Team

Tara Dymus

Tara Dymus

General Manager
Erana Boyd

Erana Boyd

Public Health Advisor