Free family-friendly events near you:
- these events include a Whānau Fun 360° photo/virtual reality experience. Show us what fun looks like in your family!
|Where||When||Place||Event name||Brought to you by|
|Christchurch||Sat 2 Sept 9am - 12pm||Linwood Avenue Primary School||GambleFree Comunity Day||Problem Gambling Foundation and Salvation Army Oasis|
|Wellington||Tues 5 Sept 6:30pm - 9pm||Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision||It's Not a Game - Documentary / Movie||Problem Gambling Foundation|
|Wellington||Thu 7 Sept 6pm - 8pm||Pacific Island Presbyterian Church||Free Whānau Fun Event||Salvation Army Oasis|
|Wellington||Fri 8 Sept 12:15pm - 1:30pm||Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision||It's Not a Game - Documentary / Movie||Problem Gambling Foundation|
|Palmerston North||Sat 9 Sept 10am - 3pm||Pasifika Centre, Bill Brown Park||Whānau Time - Free Family Fun Day||Best Care Whakapai Hauora and Nga Tai o Te Awa|
|Hamilton||Wed 6 Sept 11:30am - 2pm||Te Whānau Pūtahi, Fairfield Family Centre, 37 Oxford st, Hamilton||Free Community Lunch, Games and Giveaways||Salvation Army Oasis|
|Hamilton||Sat 9 Sept 6:30pm - 9:30pm||Hamilton Night Market, K-Mart Hamilton Central||Fun Night Out & Street Art Comp||Salvation Army Oasis|
|Hastings||Sat 16 Sept 10am - 3pm||Hastings Blossom Parade||Gamble Free Float and Whānau Fun Time||Te Rangihaeata Oranga Trust - Hawkes Bay Gambling Services|
|West Auckland||Mon 28 Aug 6pm - 8pm||Massey||Berean Fellowship Session||Pasifika Ola Lelei Services, South Seas Healthcare Trust and Raukura Hauora O Tainui|
|South Auckland||Sat 2 Sept 10am - 3pm||Manukau Mall||Spring breeze||Pasifika Ola Lelei Services, South Seas Healthcare Trust and Raukura Hauora O Tainui|
|Auckland City||Mon 4 Sept 4pm - 6pm||140 Hobson Street||Boil Up at Auckland City Mission||Problem Gambling Foundation|
|Takapuna||Wed 6 Sept 1pm - 2pm||Takapuna Library||Presentation and interactive talks||Problem Gambling Foundation|
|Otara Auckland||Wed 6 Sept 2:30pm - 5:30pm||Tupu Youth Library Otara||Library Presentation and Ping-Pong||Problem Gambling Foundation|
|Otara Auckland||Thu 7 Sept 12pm - 2pm||Otara Central Library||Library Presentation||Problem Gambling Foundation|
|Mangere Auckland||Thu 7 Sept 10am - 2pm||Mangere Town Centre||Mangere Whānau Fun Day||Raukura Hauora o Tainui, Southseas Healthcare Trust, Hapai Te Hauora Tainui, Salvation Army Oasis|
|Grey Lynn Auckland||Sat 16 Sept 10am-2pm||Vaine Mo'onia Methodist Church, 400 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn||Tongan Youth Song & Skit competition||Mapu Maia|
|Papatoetoe Auckland||Tue 19 Sept 10:30am - 12pm||Papatoetoe Library||Gambling Harm Talk||Problem Gambling Foundation|
|Kaitaia||Mon 4 Sept 5pm||Kaitaia Cinema||Free Movie Night: Forget the Ka-Ching, do the Family Thing||Nga Manga Puriri Trust - Northand Problem Gambling Services|
|Dargaville||Wed 6 Sept 6pm||Dargaville Cinema||Free Movie Night: Forget the Ka-Ching, do the Family Thing||Nga Manga Puriri Trust - Northland Problem Gambling Services|
|Whangarei||Thu 7 Sept 6pm||Whangarei Cinema||Free Movie Night: Forget the Ka-Ching, do the Family Thing||Nga Manga Puriri Trust - Northland Problem Gambling Services|
Get involved on Facebook
Did you know that spending time with loved ones can help beat gambling harm? Whether it's going for a walk, sharing kai or exploring somewhere new, family members can make a huge difference.
Go to the Choice Not Chance Facebook page to find suggestions for fun family activities. You can also share your own whānau time experiences through comments and photos.
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About Gambling Harm Awareness Week
Gambling is a popular form of entertainment, but it can have unwanted consequences that can damage relationships, whānau, finances and hopes for the future.
These local events, combined with the Choice Not Chance Facebook promotion, are part of a national effort to:
- Raise awareness of gambling harm in New Zealand.
- Provide positive ways for people to help those they are concerned about.
Evidence shows that spending time with your loved one and sharing rewarding activities together is a powerful way to protect them from further harm.
Throughout the week people will be asked to prioritise whānau time over gambling.