Here’s a snapshot of what went down across NZ during #GHAW2018…
The Auckland team spent most of the week out of the office and out in the community, at several gambling harm awareness raising events across the city. From presentations, to movie screenings at the library; community dinners; hosting BBQ’s at a gaming venue for Pause the Pokies; and staffing a stall at SkyCity Casino, the Auckland team had a huge GHAW week.
Our Midlands team had a busy week supporting gaming venues who participated in the Pause the Pokies campaign.
Our Practice Leader for Midlands-Central, Denise Giles also met with Louise Upston, Tim Macindoe and David Bennett (National MPs) during the week to discuss the Pause the Pokies initiative and increase awareness of gambling harm.
The PGF, Mapu Maia and Asian Family Services teams were essential in the smooth running of our Pause the Pokies campaign. Our Wellington office was the hub for coordinating this initiative, with our Health Promotion Lead, Tina McIvor, at the helm coordinating the coordinators, gaming venues, Trusts and more.
Read more about the Pause the Pokies initiative here.
The team also met with Ginny Anderson Labour MP and Josh Briggs from the Hutt City Council during the pause at the Fitzroy Tavern.
GHAW was a busy week for the Southern team, with gambling harm initiatives happening all over Christchurch and Dunedin.
The team, alongside The Salvation Army Oasis, hosted two free movie nights, where they did both brief interventions and evaluations. They hosted a free lunchtime rave, and a Grass Games and Family Fun Day. They also had a stall at the Eastgate Mall, where they gave out information about gambling harm and conducted brief interventions.
Asian Family Services held an Asian Cultural Experience community event on 8 September at the Mount Eden War Memorial Hall, to celebrate Asian culture and engage with the community. The event included live performances, face painting, and the chance to have a free family portrait with a professional photographer.
Mapu Maia are still in the busy stages of planning their ‘Say Yes to Family, No to Gambling event’ that is to be held at the Otahuhu Methodist Church Hall on Saturday 10 October. However, it was also Tongan Language Week during Gambling Harm Awareness Week, so the team took the opportunity to prepare a video in the Tongan language (with English subtitles) to raise awareness of gambling harm among Pacific communities.
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