Problem Gambling Intervention Services in New Zealand: 2006 Service-user statistics

Published online: 
02 July 2007

Summary

This report, presents and summarises the data collected by problem gambling service providers in 2006. It provides an overview of clients who have sought help via Gambling Helpline Ltd (the Helpline) and face-to-face problem gambling services during that period.

Among new full intervention gambler clients in 2006:

  • The primary mode of harmful gambling cited by most clients remained non-casino gaming machines (64.2%). The percentage fell substantially in 2006 (from 72.5% in 2005).
  • The proportion who cited casino gaming machines as their primary mode of problem gambling doubled to 17.5% (8.7% in 2005).
  • Approximately a third were Māori.
  • More than eight out of ten female Māori clients (85.6%) cited non-casino gaming machines as their primary mode of harmful gambling.

At first assessment, only 22.5% of reassessed clients reported being in control or mostly in control of their gambling. At reassessment, this figure had increased to 77.6%.

Helpline client numbers are mapped by District Health Board and face-to-face and Helpline client numbers are mapped by Territorial Authority on PHIOnline

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    02 July 2007
  • ISBN:
    978-0-478-19157-8 (print), 978-0-478-19158-5 (online)
  • HP number:
    4421
  • Citation:
    Ministry of Health. 2007. Problem Gambling Intervention Services in New Zealand: 2006 Service-user statistics. Wellington: Ministry of Health.
  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
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