Gaming - The Facts

There is a lot of emotion around gaming and Four Winds respect the views of individuals who have views 'For' & 'Against' with often media reporting only one side of the equation. We would like to detail some facts regarding the most frequently raised issues. 

 

Do Gaming Trusts Target Maori and Pacific Island People/Poor Areas?

No not at all in fact areas such as Thames Coromandel, McKenzie District and Waitomo have traditionally had a higher gaming machine density than the likes of Manukau or Porirua.

 

Gaming Machines Are Designed to be Addictive

The allegation that gaming machines are designed to be addictive has recently been tested in the Australian Federal Court in the case Guy v Crown Melbourne Ltd. with the Court finding that there was no evidence that gaming machines are designed to be addictive. They further confirmed that  all aspects of the machines, including items such as how fast the reels may spin, are highly regulated and controlled.

 

Does More Machines Mean More Problem Gambling?   

No, it is not as simple as more machines means more problem gambling.  When gaming machine numbers have gone up, the problem gambling rate has not increased.  When gaming machine numbers have dropped, the problem gambling rate has stayed the same.

 

Problem Gambling Services Are Stretched and Underfunded

Problem gambling services are extremely well funded in New Zealand. The gambling industry funds the treatment services via contributions to the problem gambling levy, this is currently funded at $18.5 million each year.

 

Problem Gambling is a Major Problem in New Zealand

No one wants problem gambling and the industry works hard to prevent and mitigate the harm from problem gambling. In fact, New Zealand has one of the lowest problem gambling rates in the world as displayed on the following table which shows that New Zealand 'Problem Gambling Rate' to be 0.3% of people aged 18 years and over which includes all forms of gambling.

Jurisdiction

Year

Problem Gambling Rate

New Zealand

2014

0.3%

Canada

2005

2.0%

USA

2015

4.6%

Brazil

2010

1.3%

South Korea

2013

0.5%

Singapore

2015

0.5%

Hong Kong

2012

1.9%

Macau

2005

2.5%

Australia

2015

0.4%

South Africa

2013

3.2%

Cyprus

2012

2.2%

Czech Republic

2014

2.3%

Denmark

2012

0.9%

Finland

2014

0.6%

France

2015

0.5%

Germany

2015

1.7%

Great Britain

2012

0.7%

Hungary

2012

1.9%

Iceland

2015

0.8%

Italy

2010

1.27%

Northern Island

2010

2.2%

Norway

2009

0.4%

Sweden

2014

0.3%

 

Sources: Calado F, Griffiths MD. Problem gambling worldwide: An update and systematic review of empirical research (2000–2015). Journal of Behavioral Addictions. 2016;5(4):592-613. doi:10.1556/2006.5.2016.073.

 

Grant Funding  

Gaming machine societies make $300 million in community grants each year with this funding is crucial for a very large number of community groups including Life Saving, Water Safety, Rescue Helicopters, Disadvantaged children, Sporting groups, community groups, Schools & Kindys & more.

 

Internet Gambling and Mobile Phone Gambling  

People have always gambled and will continue to gamble in the future. Restricting gaming machines simply moves the gambling spend to other forms of gambling, including online gambling, where you can lose your home without leaving it. There are further disadvantages in the fact that no community funding is generated for New Zealanders, no tax revenue is generated for the New Zealand Government and no contributions are made via the New Zealand problem gambling levy.

 

Addressing Problem Gambling Issues  

Although problem gambling is a serious issue, the evidence suggests that once it is identified and help is sought, problem gambling can be effectively and promptly treated.  Four Winds and its partner venues take problem gambling seriously and are actively working with other parties to reduce the instances of gambling related harm. If you (or someone you know) need assistance with any gambling related issues then we urge you to contact one of the parties listed below, they are experts in providing targeted help in these areas. All Four Winds venues staff are trained to identify problem gambling and to help where necessary. All Four Winds venues contain on-site material that provides detailed information on harm prevention & contact details for free professional asssistance.

Click here for help and more information on 'Exclusions & Self-exclusion'

 



The Problem Gambling Foundation (0800 664 262) provides support for people experiencing gambling related problems.
 

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The Salvation Army Oasis programme (0800 530 000) also provides support for people experiencing gambling related problems. 


We have also provided a link to the DIA website which provides statistics, rules and regulations and other legilslative information pertaining to gaming. 


The The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) website can provide links to the Gambling Act 2003, Rules and Regulations and the Ministry of Health.

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