The New Zealand Department of Health has organized a public consultation for its future strategy to prevent and minimize gaming damage, where it is crucial to receive feedback from the widest possible cross-section of society.
The Ministry undertakes a refreshing strategy every three years and the consultation process runs until 21 September.
The received feedback will determine the future direction and content of the Ministry of Health Strategy to prevent and minimize Gambling Violation 2019-20 to 2021-22.
Included are concept proposals for the strategic plan, setting out the general strategic direction and priorities for the government to address the problem. This framework includes the proposed funding levels for the ministry, with regard to activities for preventing gambling and minimizing risks, as described in the strategy.
It also describes the proposed service plan for the three years from 2019-20 to 2021-22, together with the proposed problem of gambling fees and weighting options per gambling sector.
Co-minister of Health Jenny Salesa (photo) said: "Gambling damage is a major problem with up to one in five New Zealand adults who have been affected at some point in their lives, either through their own gambling or gambling. Others: Estimates suggest that 37,000 people aged 15 or older are at high risk of gambling or being "problem gamblers."
The Gambling Act of New Zealand (2003) stipulates that the strategy must include measures to promote public health; services to treat and assist problem gamblers and their whanau – a Māori language word that loosely translates into extended family; and independent scientific research associated with gambling.
Public consultation meetings will be held in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin. Salesa (photo) added: "It is important feedback comes from the broadest cross-section of society possible, especially communities most affected by gambling damage, so we also organize meetings to get feedback from the Maori, Pacific and Asian populations . "
iGamingBusiness.com has contacted the ministry for further information about the process, which in its opinion is of particular interest to commercial and non-commercial gambling companies, including the New Zealand Racing Board and the New Zealand Lotteries Commission; member associations such as Clubs New Zealand Inc and Hospitality New Zealand; operators of gaming facilities; service providers to prevent and minimize gaming damage; and gambling researchers.
Consumers in New Zealand spent NZD 2.33 billion (£ 1.21 billion / € 1.35 billion / $ 1.56 billion) on gambling and gambling in the 2016-17 financial year, an increase of 5.7% over from the previous 12 months.
Figures released by the New Zealand Ministry of the Interior in February showed that gamblers spent NZ $ 125 million more than the year before.