Sorted Whanau Pilot Study: Financial Capability and Education

Research Organisation: Malatest International
Primary contacts: Dr Debbie McLeod, Dr Lana Perese

Summary of project/aims


Financial difficulties are one of the greatest types of harm associated with problem gambling. Māori and Pacific peoples are over-represented in problem gambling. However, there is a lack of research and evaluation of programmes that specifically address the financial difficulties associated with problem gambling, especially in these ethnic groups.


  • Explore the financial capability needs of Māori and Pacific problem gambling clients
  • Use information from the needs assessment to develop, in partnership with the Commission for Financial Capabiliity (CFFC) and Raukura Hauora o Tainui (Raukura), a financial capability education programme for Māori and Pacific gambling clients in the recovery phase of their treatment
  • Implement the financial capability education programme in partnership with CFFC and Raukura
  • Evaluate the programme to identify its impact on financial capability understandings and behaviours for Māori and Pacific gamblers and their family/whānau/aiga
  • Review and revise the financial capability education programme in response to evaluation findings and consider its transferability to other gambling service providers.

Key Findings

  • clients improved in financial capability knowledge
  • clients improved in terms of managing their gambling
  • three weeks after the programme, the majority of clients had maintained improvements
  • counsellors improved their financial planning skills, setting financial goals, balancing cultural and financial priorities, and sharing financial learnings with others.
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