News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search


Pop-ups step towards gambling harm minimisation

Pop-ups step towards gambling harm minimisation

Thursday 1st September 2005

“Mandatory pop-up messages on pokies are a step in the right direction but not far enough,” says John Stansfield, CEO of the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand (PGF).

This comes in response to details released today by the Department of Internal Affairs about mandatory pop-up messages on pokie machines.

“It is very heartening to see that the Department has decided on 15 seconds for the pop-up messages to stay on screen,” says Mr Stansfield.

“However, their implementation is not happening fast enough. From October 1 this year all new pokie machines must show this message, but it won’t be until 1 July 2009 when every pokie machine in the country will have them. Tens of thousands of honest New Zealanders would have been needlessly hurt in that time,” he says.

“The Gambling Act makes it perfectly clear that regulations are required to take the harm out of gambling. Pop-up messages should be only one in a sweep of host responsibility measures, which means there will be more measures in place.

Pokie machines are perhaps the most dangerous product in New Zealand that hasn’t had product safety testing and is without stringent safety measures.

“This would explain why almost 90% of problem gamblers say pokies are the reason for their problem, and why New Zealanders’ lost $1.035 billion in pokie machines last year.

“More advanced host responsibility measures, such as pre-commit cards are needed to truly eliminate the harm caused by gambling.”

Free and confidential help is available nationwide from the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand by phoning 0800 664 262.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>


New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news