Draft Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm (2022/23 to 2024/25)

Submissions close 5.00 pm, Friday 8 October 2021.

Published online: 
29 August 2021

The Gambling Act 2003 sets out requirements for an ‘integrated problem gambling strategy focused on public health’.

The Ministry of Health is responsible for developing and refreshing the strategy at three-yearly intervals, and for implementing it. The Crown recovers the cost of developing and implementing the strategy, by way of a ‘problem gambling levy’ set by regulation at a different rate for each of the main gambling sectors. The Act specifies consultation requirements for the development of the strategy and the levy rates.

Consistent with these requirements, the Ministry is now seeking your comments on its draft Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm for 2022/23 to 2024/25 and on the draft levy rates.

The consultation document also draws on the needs assessment required by the Act, which looks at facts and figures relating to gambling harm in New Zealand, and has informed development of the consultation document

Have your say on the draft Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm

Harm from gambling is a significant public health issue for our communities, and to individuals, families and whānau, but this harm is not evenly spread across our communities, as Māori and Pacific people experience more harm from gambling.

Every three years the Ministry of Health sets out a proposed strategy to prevent and minimise the harm caused to people, whānau, and communities by gambling.

This is an opportunity to have your say about:

  • the strategic plan, which sets out the general strategic direction and priorities that provide a framework for the activities described below
  • the proposed funding levels for the Ministry, in relation to the gambling harm prevention and minimisation activities described in the strategy
  • the proposed service plan, for the three years from 2022/23 to 2024/25
  • the proposed problem gambling levy rates and weighting options per gambling sector, for the next three years.

Feedback from this consultation will help to develop the strategy proposals submitted to the Gambling Commission. The Gambling Commission will undertake its own consultation and make recommendations to Government, and the new strategy and levy will take effect from 1 July 2022.

How to have your say

The closing date for submissions is 5.00 pm, Friday 8 October 2021.

Public consultations

Between 6 and 28 September 2021 the Ministry will be holding a series of public consultation meetings online. Details are provided below.

At these meetings you will have the opportunity to discuss the Ministry’s proposed Strategy to Prevent and Minimise Gambling Harm (2022/23 to 2024/25) and learn how to make a written submission.

While we are encouraging specific viewpoints at some meetings as indicated, you are most welcome to attend the meeting that is most convenient for you. However please note that the Lived Experience (gambling harm) and young people / rangatahi hui are only open to those communities.

You can click on each link below to register for the hui of your choice. All Zoom sessions begin 15 minutes ahead of the hui start time. This is to ensure that everyone is able to enter the meeting with plenty of time to begin.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected] 

Making a submission

The Ministry is seeking submissions on the consultation document by 5pm Friday 8 October 2021. 

Submissions received after this date may not be included in the analysis of submissions, even if they have been posted earlier, so please allow plenty of time if you are sending by post. If you are making a submission, we suggest you complete the online form or submit it by email to ensure that the Ministry receives it before the cut-off time.

You can make a submission by:


  • downloading and completing the submission form available at the back of the consultating document, and emailing it with your submission to: [email protected]  


  • downloading and completing the submission form, and post it with your submission to:
    Richard Taylor
    Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm Submissions
    Ministry of Health
    PO Box 5013
    WELLINGTON 6145.

Please send only one copy of your submission.

Please note the Ministry would prefer to receive your submission in an electronic format. You can do this, for example, by using our online submission form or a Word document version of the Ministry's submission form, or by sending a short submission in an email.


We may publish submissions on the Ministry's website, unless you have asked us not to. If you are submitting as an individual, we will automatically remove your personal details and any identifiable information. You can chose to have your personal details withheld if your submission is requested under the Official Information Act.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    29 August 2021
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    Only soft copy available to download
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    Third-party content. Please check the document or email the Web Manager to find out how to obtain permission to re-use content.

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