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You know, I grew up with gambling so it's like I knew a lot about gambling. I knew nothing about problem gambling see and as far as I was concerned, there was no problem in our family so you know.

Gambling was what my parents did to relax and we all just went along with it and enjoyed it as well. One of the things we used to do is go back to our home marae and do fundraising.

I remember playing euchre with the nannies and my auntie's and getting growlings. You know, all of that sort of thing if I trump them, which is common thing in euchre.

But since I've been made aware of you know certain types of gambling. I'm more aware of it and concerned about the level of problem, in our whanau and our communities, especially around the pokies.

People are gambling alone. Gambling by themselves, spending money they shouldn't. And the impact is seen in their families and their children, everywhere. Don't go by yourself. Don't take your money card. Take a certain amount of cash. When it's gone, it's gone, you know. 

If you go to the casino by yourself, you're in trouble already. There's trouble. That's a problem. Well, actually what a lot of them do is they find friends. They've got friends in there that are other problem gamblers probably. And so that unhealthy behaviours kick in and they kind of encourage one another. And it's probably not the best thing to do.

And if you don't have someone who really cares about you, looking out for you and looking after your back. Then what are you doing? Because it's just self-defeating really.

I just think you know do the safe thing. Do the togetherness thing. Look after one another and come home with some money in your pocket.

Ruth's story

Ruth talks about gambling in her whānau.