Problem Gambling

This measure relates to:
Te OrangaToioraTe Mana Whakahaere
"Less pokies (or no pokies) Currently have excessive availability/commercialism of alcohol, gambling - stop this Give community power to say no to pokies. "  [City Health Profile participant]

Christchurch has the greatest number of gambling venues and gambling machines of any of the major centres (as of 2012).

For people with bad gambling problems, the consequences are devastating for themselves and often for others in their lives.  Gambling can lead to serious psychological disturbance, relationship break-ups, financial ruin, criminal offending, imprisonment and suicide.

Read the full issue summary on problem gambling [PDF].