New Zealand Plan To Tackle Gambling Harm Among Pacific Island Population

New Zealand has placed its Pacific Island population at the heart of its new strategy to prevent and reduce gambling harms, as a new report finds they are more than twice as likely to suffer the effects of problem gambling.

The Ministry of Health’s new Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm 2019-2022 is the latest in a series of documents released every three years by the authority since July 1, 2004.

Richard Taylor, the ministry’s addictions manager, said “Māori, Pacific and Asian populations are disproportionately impacted by gambling harm. We need to improve that and we need to improve equities when it comes to the harm caused by gambling.”

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