Researcher/provider initiated research 2011/12 & 2012/13

The Ministry manages a small budget available each year to fund researcher/provider initiated research projects selected through a competitive process.

  • Project 1: Problem gambling and family violence in help-seeking populations: Prevalence, co-occurrence, impact and coping
  • Project 2: Investigating the effectiveness of a Sinking Lid Policy for Māori problem gambling
  • Project 3: How New Zealand gamblers set gambling limits and factors which influence gambler adherence to limits: The first study of pre-commitment in New Zealand

Project 1: Problem gambling and family violence in help-seeking populations: Prevalence, co-occurrence, impact and coping

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

Contract Value: $162,536 (excl GST)
Contract Start date:  15 February 2013
Contract End date: 30 November 2014

Summary of project/aims

Anecdotal evidence suggests that problem gambling and family violence often co-exist, yet little is known about how these problem behaviours interact and how they affect whānau/families and whānau/family wellbeing. This study aims to establish the prevalence of the co-occurrence of problem gambling and family violence in problem gambling help-seeking populations and to determine the way in which conditions such as alcohol and drug misuse/dependence and psychological problems vary with problem gambling and family violence. A lack of knowledge of these inter-relationships may contribute to fragmented and ineffective interventions and service delivery, particularly for whānau/families. Recognising that family members comprise up to one-third of presenting clients to problem gambling treatment services, problem gamblers and family members seeking help will be included in the research.

Data collection for the study will be in two phases:

  • Phase I - A cross-sectional screening interview of new clients attending specified problem gambling treatment services
  • Phase II - In-depth questionnaire interview (Phase II)


Project 2: Investigating the effectiveness of a Sinking Lid Policy for Māori problem gambling

Research Organisation:  Hapai Te Hauora Tapui
Primary contact:  Dr. Nicole Coupe

Contract Value: $59,013.12 (excl GST)
Contract Start date:  24 January 2013
Contract End date: 31 August 2013

Summary of project/aims

The overall aim of this project is to determine whether or not a ‘Sinking Lid’ policy works to reduce and minimise harm caused by problem gambling in Māori communities. The project is focussed on the Waitakere region in Auckland. A ‘Sinking Lid’ policy in this situation means that every time a pokie machine is removed or a venue hosting these machines closes these machines will not be replaced. 

The project will use a Kaupapa Māori approach and mixed quantitative and qualitative methods. The specific research activities will involve:

  • A literature review
  • Analysis of data on gaming machines collected by the Department of Internal Affairs,
  • Qualitative interviews with Māori service consumers, whanau, and representatives of organisations such as the Salvation Army and Hauora Kaimahi
  • A survey of 300 Māori clients from the Waitakere region.


Project 3: How New Zealand gamblers set gambling limits and factors which influence gambler adherence to limits: The first study of pre-commitment in New Zealand

Research Organisation:  Schottler Consulting
Primary contact: Sarah Hare

Contract Value: $131,556 (excl GST)
Contract Start date:  1 February 2013
Contract End date: 30 August 2014

Summary of project/aims

In terms of gambling, ‘pre-commitment’ is where people set limits on the amount of time they gamble or the amount of money they spend on it. This exploratory study aims to understand how New Zealanders currently set limits on their gambling, the factors which influence their limits and whether they stay within these limits.  The methods will include:

  • A literature review
  • Interviews with key stakeholders from Community groups, the Gambling Industry, Government agencies, and Research groups
  • A survey of New Zealanders who gamble, including those from different ethnic groups such as Maori, Asian, and Pacific peoples.  
     

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