South Auckland communities ripped off twice by pokies scam
Source: Hapai Te Hauora
This week the Department
of Internal Affairs achieved a successful prosecution of
four men and an incorporated society for misusing the
proceeds from pokie machines. They will be sentenced in the
Hāpai Te Hauora says the case demonstrates the
need for tougher measures to ensure misused funds are
returned to the communities they came from.
gambling has been linked with poor mental and physical
health, and affects Māori and Pasifika more severely than
others; there are persistently high rates of problem
gambling and relapse rates among Māori and Pacific
communities despite an overall decline in gambling across
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