Our work supports New Zealand communities to prevent and respond to harmful gambling.
Gambling-related harm is a continuing health issue in New Zealand, with significant consequences for social and economic wellbeing. Gambling is a form of entertainment but, for many people and their families, it can become harmful. Negative effects on individuals and within communities can be widespread.
Around 186,000 people in New Zealand are personally affected by gambling harm.
Approximately 61,000 people are gambling with moderate or more serious levels of harm. This is equivalent to the entire population of Rotorua.
A further 125,000 people are likely to be experiencing at least some level of harm (and are at risk of more severe harm in the future). This is equivalent to the population of Dunedin.
Māori, Pacific, Asian and low-income New Zealanders are disproportionately affected by gambling harm. A key part of our Choice Not Chance work is changing behaviours that place people and communities at risk of gambling harm.