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Real life stories

What may start off as a bit of fun can easily get out of hand for many gamblers. Here are some stories from people who have lived or worked with gambling harm. Check them out.

Safer Gambling Aotearoa

Gabriel's story

Gabriel describes how gambling became an escape for other things in his life.

Katoni's story

Katoni explains how some people can reduce harmful gambling without having to stop gambling.

Moana's story

Moana shares her personal journey of living with a gambler.

Nicole's Story

Nicole speaks about growing up in a family with her Dad gambling

Rina's story

Rina explains how she became suspicious about her husband’s behaviour and discovered he was gambling.

Ruth's story

Ruth talks about gambling in her whānau.

Shirley's story

Shirley explains the help that Budgeting Services can provide.

Colin's story

Colin talks about his own gambling, the changes he made, and offers support to others.

Hoani's story

Hoani talks about how his gambling led him to steal from his wife’s workplace.

Maria's story

Maria talks about what the free Gambling Helpline has to offer.

Naomi's story

Naomi speaks about the range of people that visit support services.

Posese's story

Posese looks back on his gambling journey and the impact that had on his family.

Robyn's story

Robyn explains how her happy life was turned upside down.

Sarah's story

Sarah explains how it feels to come out the other side of gambling.

Simon's story

Simon describes the harm caused by gambling and the changes he needed to make.

Related information

Check out these other pages for safer gambling support and guidance.

Help and support

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

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Know the signs

There are signs to look out for when gambling is no longer just for fun. Being aware of harmful gambling signs can keep you and others safe.

It’s important to recognise when your gambling is no longer just for fun.

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