PGF Group

Kia Mana Te Kupu, Kia Mana Te Tangata, Kia Mana Te Mokopuna - Honour our word, Honour our people, Honour our future

In 2019, PGF celebrated the 25th anniversary of the organisation along with introducing and consolidating our new branding.

The Problem Gambling Foundation trades as PGF Group (PGF) and works closely with its subsidiary charitable companies, Asian Family Services and Mapu Maia Pasifika Service, united by a shared purpose to provide public health and clinical services that contribute to the wellbeing of whānau and communities.

The organisation is a Charitable Trust, operating nationally with services delivered under contract to the Ministry of Health (MoH) and funded from the gambling levy.

Established in 1988 as the Compulsive Gambling Society (CGS), the organisation started out as a telephone service then expanded to include face to face services as demand grew. The prominent psychiatrist Fraser McDonald helped three men who were experiencing problems with gambling establish the CGS, because at that time there were no services available to work with gambling problems.

In 2001, the Problem Gambling Foundation succeeded the Compulsive Gambling Society, moving away from an addictions and medical-based philosophy to a public health approach.

Today, we deliver treatment and public health services nationwide. We have a skilled and diverse workforce with staff who are qualified in clinical work and health promotion.

Our vision is a socially just Aotearoa where all people flourish.

Our mission is to deliver public health and clinical services that support whanau/family and community wellbeing.

Our Values | Ā Mātou Uara


Everything we do is designed to support individuals, whānau and community wellbeing

Social justice

Our work promotes equity and equality


We speak up in support of policies and programmes that minimise harm and support the vulnerable


We look for smart ways to work to improve access and achieve better outcomes

Treaty of Waitangi

Improved outcomes for Māori are a priority and we work in a way that recognises the Treaty principles of protection, partnership and participation


We aim to be recognised for best practice in service, public health and advocacy.

Our Management Team | Ngā Pou Ārahi

Melissa Thompson

Our Board | Te Poari

Sandra Geange

Neavin Broughton

Anne Fitisemanu

Richard Northey

Peter Glensor

Fred Pau

Uesifili Unasa