Gambling Harm Awareness Week

1-6 September 2020

Take time out of gambling and put time into whānau

Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui

This Gambling Harm Awareness Week we want to recognise that COVID-19 has turned a lot of our lives upside down – it may have changed how people gamble.

The focus this year is to:

  • acknowledge this has been a tough year and that help and support is available,
  • FREE Counselling Sessions are available for individuals and concerned others,
  • counselling is local, confidential and professional. Find out more.

Gambling Harm Awareness Week is a good time to check in on your gambling! If you're wondering about your or someone else's gambling habits take our quiz and assess if gambling is still just for fun. You can check your own or someone else's gambling here.

Free family-friendly events near you:

Due to the disruption caused by COVID-19 communities may choose not to hold events for Gambling Harm Awareness Week 2020. We will be updating this section as event details become available. Check back soon!

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Upper Hutt

Sun 30 August – Thurs 3 August

Lvl 6, 84-90 Main St Upper Hutt

Static display - in the rooms of Oasis, Bridge and Reintegration services while office is open. Info, bags, bottles, Recovery church bibles 

Salvation Army Upper Hutt Oasis

Contact: Vicki Hirini 0272230375,

Lower Hutt

Sun 30 August – Thurs 3 August

Cnr. Cornwall St. & King Cres. Lower Hutt

Static display - in the reception area of the Hutt City Corp, during opening hours. Info, bags, bottles, Recovery church bibles. 

Salvation Army Lower Hutt Oasis

Contact: Vicki Hirini 0272230375,


Starts Monday 31 August then every Monday, until 28 September


Wara Petipeti Gambling Support & Education Group

The Salvation Army Oasis 



Wednesday 2 September, 1pm - 4.30pm. POSTPONED: Due to the extension of COVID-19 Alert Level 2, this event has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.

Tahi, The Loft, Level 1 Eastgate Shopping Centre

Christchurch Open Day. Talk on gaming at 2.30pm, a revolving video series, resources and qualified staff to chat about all different aspects of gambling.

PGF Ōtautahi and Christchurch team

RSVP Facebook


Wednesday 2 September, 10am - 3pm.

Community House, 41 Perry Street, Masterton

Open day

The Salvation Army Oasis



Wednesday 2 September, 6:00pm, Wednesday 15 September, 6.00pm, Wednesday 30 September

176 Fraser Street, Tauranga South, Tauranga

Tauranga Gambling Support Group

The Salvation Army Oasis



Thursday 3 September, 10am - 1pm

4 Normanby Street, Newtown Wellington

Wellington Open Day - A meet and greet chat session with visitors to our TSA Hub in Newtown.  We will have a colouring in competition, giveaways and a "treasure hunt" for visitors who visit our different TSA services in our Hub.

Fruit, bags and bottles and some other giveaways such as vouchers.

TSA corp & services; other gambling service providers as available.

The Salvation Army Wellington

Contact: Vicki Hirini 0272230375,


Thursday 3 September, 12 noon - 2pm

Wellington Boys' and Girls' Institute, 3 Macdonald Cres, Te Aro

Designed for Addiction: Pathways from gaming to gambling

PGF Group has teamed up with the NZ Classification Office and Netsafe

RSVP Facebook


Thursday 3 September, 12 noon


Facebook Live Panel - discussion on the interface between gaming, gambling and the difficulties faced by problem gambling service providers in this emerging space.

PGF Group

RSVP Facebook


Saturday 5 September, 2pm - 5pm

Splash Palace, 56 Elles Road, Georgetown, Invercargill

Murihiku ‘Manu’

Fun whānau activities - ‘Manu’ Dive Bomb, Pāua Dive    


ILT Foundation

Invercargill City Council

Register online via KMP website or Facebook


Saturday 5 September, 12 noon - 4pm. POSTPONED: Due to the extension of COVID-19 Alert Level 2, this event has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.

Linwood Library, Level 1, Eastgate Mall

Christchurch Community Fun Day

PGF Services, Salvation Army Oasis and the Linwood Library staff.

RSVP Facebook


Starts Wednesday 9 September, 5.30pm, then every Wednesday until 16 December.

The Salvation Army Oasis, 18 Allright Pl, Mount Wellington, Auckland

Women’s Gambling Support Group

Open support group for women impacted by gambling harm

The Salvation Army Oasis





Gambling harm awareness raising

Asian Family Services

YouTube - videos available in different  languages


Talent quest entries close on Saturday 12 September


Talent Quest

To celebrate Gambling Harm Awareness Week, Mapua Maia are holding a talent quest for all of our Pasifika elders.

Mapu Maia

For anyone wanting resources to support their local GHAW activities visit the PMGH digital toolkit.