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Monday 30 August marks the start of Gambling Harm Awareness Week (GHAW). This year GHAW is looking a little different due to COVID-19 and all in-person GHAW events have been postponed. Check out the GHAW 2021 Sector Support page to see the online events that are being held for GHAW. We know that this is a difficult time, so visit our Services near you page for support via phone call, text or zoom.

GHAW 2021 Sector Support

Services near you

Free 24/7 helpline 0800 654 655 or free text 8006. Find free support near you. Support during COVID-19

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If you need help to get back on track, or just have questions, we're here to talk it out.

Safer gambling

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem or you're worried that one might be developing, we have a few tips to bring it into line.

Sharing and talking

If you’re worried about your gambling, the best thing you can do is talk to someone you know and trust. Your friends and whānau may already be worried that something is troubling you and may even know it's gambling.

Staying In Control

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem or you're worried one might be developing, we have a few great tips to bring it into line. Find a plan that works for you using our tips below, then share your plan with trusted whānau and friends to help you stay on track.

How Much Are You Spending?

Often gamblers have no idea how much they’re spending; sometimes when it’s spent in smaller amounts it doesn’t feel like much, but when you add it together it’s actually a lot.

Know your odds

You might be hoping that a big win could make a difference for you and your family but your chances of winning while gambling are a lot lower than you might think. Knowing your odds of winning can really put your chances into perspective.

Guide to casino games

Step inside a casino and the atmosphere tingles with excitement. While it’s supposed to be a form of entertainment, it can become harmful. You’re likely to spend more than you win, so it should never be counted on as a way to make money.

How lotto works

Before you check your Lotto results, it's easy to daydream about extended holidays and a sports car for every member of the whānau. But what are your true odds of winning Lotto first division or Powerball?

Gaming vs gambling

The line between gaming and online gambling is definitely blurry! "Free-to-play" games, apps and websites offering simulated gambling can be entertaining, but despite their name they could still cost you time and money.

How much is too much?

The amount you can safely spend on gambling comes down to your circumstances and what amount you’re able to lose, without it affecting your ability to pay for other things. For some people, even a few dollars may mean they (or others) have to go without weekly essentials. Ask yourself – is your gambling just for fun?

Help and support

There’s absolutely no shame in asking for help. In fact, it shows strength and determination to take control.

Face to face

It can often be a huge relief to chat to someone who’s outside of your situation, and doing it face to face is a great way to get more personal support.

Services near you

Wherever you are in the country, free and confidential support for your gambling is never far away. Getting some help to get back on track is just a text, phone call, or Zoom away...

Test your gambling

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