• Ben Tafau

Gambling Harm Awareness Week Profile

This month we caught up with Ben Tafau, from Te Hiringa Hauora, to korero about Gambling Harm Awareness Week (GHAW) and the development of this year's campaign. Ko wai koe? No hea koe? Talofa lava, kia ora koutou, my name is Ben Tafau and I’m the Acting Manager for the Minimising Gambling Harm Programme at Te Hiringa Hauora Health Promotion Agency. I’m originally from Tokoroa in the South Waikato, but have spent most of my adult life in Wellington where I currently live. What is your role within the Problem Gambling space? As the Acting Manager for the Minimising Gambling Harm programme, my...

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Introducing AUT Gambling and Addictions Research Centre

Introducing AUT Gambling and Addictions Research Centre This month we caught up with Maria Bellinger and Katie Palmer du Preez, from AUT Gambling and Addiction Research Centre (GARC), to connect and talk about their current mahi. Ko wai au? No hea koe? Maria: Dr Maria Bellringer, born in England and migrated to Aotearoa at the end of 2001. I started off living in the beautiful Hibiscus Coast and never left. Katie: Dr Katie: Palmer du Preez, originally from Taupō, now living on Auckland’s North Shore. What is your role within the Problem Gambling space? Maria: I’m the Acting Director of the...

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Change to National Exclusion Process

Introduction The Ministry of Health has contracted Torutek Limited to supply an electronic database software product, CONCERN, to assist the gambling sector with the management of gambler venue exclusion (including multi-venue exclusion) processes, as defined by the Gambling Act 2003. CONCERN is a cloud-based database with a web portal that will enable all interested parties to electronically manage the exclusion process from a common source of data more promptly. A comprehensive electronic database presents an excellent opportunity to streamline the exclusion process as well as improve the...

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Asian Family Services | during covid19 lockdown, what we learned and heard from the Asian communities

Asian Family Services is the biggest Asian mental health and addiction NGO agency in the country, and this reflects how little resources we have as a community. In the lockdown, many of AFS’s health promoters and counsellors have provided extra support for their communities, including translating COVID-19 information due to the panic reaction posted through social media from the communities. This was due to the lack of available language-specific information about the lockdown and the risk of COVID-19. To support the communities meant that many of AFS’s staff worked longer hours and harder to...

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