We also expect to see further drive to whole-of-government approaches to issues that still require work to improve the lives of New Zealanders. These could include:
- A reduction in poverty which could be supported by decreasing the dependency of community organisations on pokie funding. This would reduce the need to sustain this flow of pokie losses coming from a small percentage of New Zealanders and from a significantly disproportionate representation of those already living in poverty.
- A drive to reduce incarceration rates - this could be contributed to by reducing harmful gambling and the high level of correlation between criminality and gambling.
- A drive to reduce family violence levels - likewise a reduction that could be contributed to by reducing harmful gambling and the high level of correlation between family violence and gambling.
- A NZ First-led policy (now government policy) to make horse racing events more family oriented. PGF will be able to play a part by ensuring there is effective host responsibility that follows best practice.
- Increased focus on problems for ethnicities especially those who are disproportionately affected by problem gambling. PGF remains concerned at the high concentration of pokie machines in areas of low deprivation communities that are primarily Maori and Pacifika.
PGF expects initiatives in areas already being developed such as; working with the Department of Corrections and mental health services, outcome purchasing by the Ministry of Health, improving gambling product safety, better use of technology to help people experiencing harm from gambling and more enforcement of laws around host responsibility and exclusion.