Gambling Harm Awareness Week

2-8 September 2019

Take time out of gambling and put time into whānau

Gambling can start out as fun, but there is a point for everyone where it can become ‘unfun’. Gambling harm can escalate quickly, damaging relationships, whānau, finances and hopes for the future.

This Gambling Harm Awareness Week we encourage you to take time out from gambling, and put time into whānau. Evidence shows that spending time with a loved one and sharing rewarding activities together (like going for a walk together, or sharing kai) is a practical way to distract you from gambling and help to beat gambling harm. 

Gambling Harm Awareness Week is also a good time to take our quiz to see whether your gambling is still just for fun. If your gambling is starting to become unfun, there are heaps of ways to get help!. The Gambling Helpline team can be contacted for free anytime 24/7. There are also free face-to-face help and support services available in your local community.

Free family-friendly events near you:

We will be updating this section with events being held around the country for Gambling Harm Awareness Week 2019 – check back soon!. Or visit the Choice Not Chance Facebook page for more information.

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Mount Wellington, Auckland

Monday 2 September 2019,
Auckland City Salvation Army, 18 Allright Place, Mount Wellington Whanau Movie Night The Salvation Army Oasis, Auckland
Fielding Wednesday 4 September 2019,
Fielding Civic Centre Family Fun Event Whakapai Hauora, Best Care
Mangere, Auckland Thursday 5 September 2019, 10:15am-2pm Mangere Town Centre Family Fun Day South Seas Health Care Trust
Christchurch Monday 2 September 2019, 10am - 4pm Tūranga Central Library

Creative Activities


The Problem Gambling Foundation (PGF) and The Salvation Army Oasis
Nelson Monday 2 September 2019, 10am - 12.30pm Trafalgar Street Nelson Family Fun Time Nelson Problem Gambling Services
Nelson Tuesday 3 September 2019, 9.30am - 12pm Elma Turner Library Family Fun Time Nelson Problem Gambling Services
Nelson Wednesday 4 September 2019, 9.30am-12pm Tasman District Libraries Family Fun Time Nelson Problem Gambling Services
Nelson Thursday 5 September 2019, 8.45-9.15am and 2.45-3.15pm Victory Community Centre Family Fun Time Nelson Problem Gambling Services
Nelson Friday 6 September 2019, 9am- 12pm Motueka Public Library Family Fun Time Nelson Problem Gambling Services
Check back soon for more event details