The new Choice Not Chance campaign was launched on 27 August 2017. Five new advertisements are available to view online.

The campaign prompts people to think about their situation and asks “is your gambling still just for fun?” It was developed by the Health Promotion Agency following consultation with the Department, the Ministry of Health, the class 4 gambling sector, New Zealand Racing Board, SkyCity Casino, Lotto New Zealand, and Minimising Gambling Harm Services.

Gambling Harm Awareness Week

Gambling Harm Awareness Week runs from 4-10 September. It is a great time to promote key messages around gambling harm minimisation. This could be as simple as starting a conversation with a customer by asking whether they know that it’s gambling harm awareness week. 

We would also encourage venues to offer information (such as the Gamble Host wallet leaflets) and advise their customers that they can check whether their gambling is still just for fun by going to the Choice Not Chance website and taking the quiz.

There are a number of events taking place during the week and a list can be found on the Choice Not Chance website. The Department has also heard of venues’ plans to “Pause the Pokies” for one hour, in recognition of Gambling Harm Awareness Week, in Whanganui and Lower Hutt. This has been a collaborative effort between the venues, the Problem Gambling Foundation, Mapu Maia, Asian Family Services and Salvation Army Oasis. We would like to acknowledge the efforts of all of those involved in these initiatives.

If you’d like support, tips for how to get involved in Gambling Harm Awareness Week or would like to order more resources please email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(SOURCE: The Department of Internal Affairs, Gambits:Now, 4 September 2017)