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


Ministry acts to ensure certainty on gambling services

Ministry of Health statement, May 20, 2014

Ministry takes action to ensure certainty on gambling services

The Ministry of Health is seeking a prompt resolution of a legal challenge by the Problem Gambling Foundation and has acted to ensure current services will not be affected while a judicial review is held.

Although the Ministry is satisfied its tender process was fair and transparent, and this has been confirmed by an independent review by PricewaterhouseCoopers Ltd, the Ministry considers that it is inappropriate to sign contracts with new providers until the Court rules on the challenge later in the year.

In delaying the introduction of any new contracts until the judicial review has been decided, the Ministry believes that the Court will be able to consider the matter without the signing of contracts with new providers being a complicating factor. This process will enable the challenge to be heard substantively but quickly, without the need for interim proceedings.

The planned changes, set to commence on 1 July, would have seen an improved delivery of services to prevent or minimise gambling harm in New Zealand. Implementing the problem gambling strategy through a new mix of service provision is a priority for the Ministry. The Ministry’s decision to delay signing new contracts is a direct consequence of the court proceedings, and not any merits of the case.

Affected service providers have been advised that new contracts for services will not be signed with a view to commencing 1 July 2014, as originally planned. Instead, existing contracts for problem gambling services will be extended until 28 February 2015.

The Ministry realises delays and uncertainties around services can create disruption in this important area for both service providers and service users. Maintaining services for current and new problem gambling clients is a priority for the Ministry, and this commitment will continue, with the Ministry providing assurances of the continuing availability of services.

The Gambling Helpline (0800 654 655) will continue to offer a 24 hour toll free service.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Scoop Review Of Books: Worldly And Unworldly

"Being Magdalene" by Fleur Beale The situations shown in this youth novel are shocking, scary, and very moving as we experience Magdalene’s struggle to be a perfect girl as defined by the cruel and unreasonable leader of “The Children of the Faith”, as she moves reluctantly into young womanhood. More>>

Whistle Stop: Netball NZ To Implement New INF Rules

Netball New Zealand (NNZ) will implement the new Official Rules of Netball, as set down by the International Netball Federation (INF), from January 1, 2016. Key changes include the elimination of whistle following a goal, amendments to injury time and changes to setting a penalty. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Waiata Aroha

Vaughan Rapatahana on Chappy by Patricia Grace: With this eminently readable novel Patricia Grace returns to the full-length fiction stage after a hiatus of ten years. More>>

'Ithaca' At Q Theatre: Introducing NZ's World Class Cirque Troupe

NZ’s very own cirque troupe is set to become a household name with the premier of its adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey having secured a key season in Auckland. More>>

Music Awards: The Tuis Are Broody This Year

Topping off a sensationally eventful year both at home and internationally, Nelson born brother-sister duo Broods has taken home four Tuis from this year’s 50th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>


Sport: Richie McCaw Retires From Rugby

Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boots and retiring from professional rugby. The 34-year-old All Blacks captain and most capped All Black of all time has drawn the curtain on his stunning international career which started in Dublin 14 years ago, almost to the day, and ended in London last month when he hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup aloft for the second time. More>>


John McBeth: On Jonah Lomu

For many New Zealanders, the enormity of Jonah Lomu's reputation will have come as a surprise... His deeds were watched and enthused over by movie stars and musicians, politicians and superstars from other codes. He reached into the lives and homes of millions and mixed with famous people most New Zealanders would only have read about. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news