Impact of Gambling and Problem Gambling on Pacific Families and Communities

Research Organisation: Auckland University of Technology
Primary contact: Maria Bellringer

Contract Value: $195,000 (excl GST)
Contract Start date: 20 June 2010
Contract End date: 30 October 2013

Summary of project/aims

Both New Zealand and international evidence indicates that different groups in society experience and regard gambling differently and are often over represented in problem gambling prevalence statistics.

The Ministry is seeking research that will advance on what is currently known generically about the impacts of gambling within the general population, build on recent New Zealand research and increase the understanding of the impact of gambling on Pacific families and communities in New Zealand.

The aims of this project are to inform on:

  • the relationships that Pacific People have with gambling
  • why Pacific People choose to gamble or not
  • aspects of culture and identity that are protective and can minimise the impact of gambling
  • impacts of gambling that may be specific to Pacific communities
  • social and economic determinants specific to Pacific communities that may contribute to creating and/or maintaining risk or vulnerability
  • understanding why other groups with similar characteristics are not at risk

The Ministry anticipates that this information will help in the development and targeting of effective primary prevention measures and informing national and local policy initiatives.

Final Report:

Completed.

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