This research was carried out on behalf of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga. The primary research aim was to find out how Māori individuals and whānau have been affected by problem gambling and the strategies they have taken to address this issue.
The research explored the impact of gambling on Māori through individuals who were either problem gamblers or whānau members affected by problem gambling as a feasibility study to identify the possible harm created from a whānau perspective. An undertaking was given to interview at least five Māori from different whānau to listen and hear their perspective of the harm gambling has created within their whānau.
The project provides support for a public health approach to reduce and prevent gambling related harm and to contribute to the growing research carried out in New Zealand on the effects of gambling on individuals, families and communities.
The project was based in Auckland and was carried out in collaboration with two Māori Health community providers Hāpai te Hauora Tāpui and Raukura Hauora o Tainui ki Tāmaki Makaurau who are both involved in addressing problems associated with gambling.