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PMGH Sector Support

July 2022 marked the launch of the new Minimising Gambling Harm (MGH) campaign, Nan’s Song, a Māori and Pasifika lead approach to protect our communities from gambling harm. Working alongside our audience and MGH providers over the last year, together we’ve been on the journey of developing and refining this campaign.

Read on to see how you can help support this important kaupapa.

Safer Gambling Aotearoa

Safer Gambling Aotearoa Community Grant Fund 2023

Applications are open from 9am Monday 29 May 2023 to 5pm Friday 23 June 2023.

What is the Community Grant Fund?
The Community Grant Fund is provided by Safer Gambling Aotearoa for one off grants of up to $15,000 for initiatives that support the prevention and minimisation of gambling harm.

Who can apply?
Gambling harm services within the preventing and minimising gambling harm sector.

Not-for-profit organisations and community organisations who have an interest in preventing and minimising gambling harm.

What can I apply for?
The fund is split into two pools:

  1. Pool A supports one-off events or initiatives.
    You can apply for grants that are up to $3,000.
  2. Pool B supports innovative approaches to minimising gambling harm that are ideally community led and more substantial in nature (for example, not one off events).
    You can apply for grants that are between $5,000 and $15,000.


  • The same organisation can apply for both pools of funding, but cannot apply more than once in each pool.
  • The same organisation can be successful in both pools, but the applications must be for different initiatives.
  • Multiple organisations can be involved in the same application.

How can I apply?
Please complete one of the two application forms below and send it to by 5pm Friday 23 June 2023.

There are two separate application forms – one for Pool A and one for Pool B. Please ensure you are completing the correct form.

For more information on how the applications will be evaluated, please see the Evaluation Information document.

Pool A - Application form (DOCX)

Pool B - Application form (DOCX)

Evaluation form (PDF)

Want to talk to the team about your application before submitting it?
While applications are still open, our team are available to support you. This could be if you have any questions, need any support with completing the application, or if you’d just like to talk it through. This could be over video call or phone.

You can contact us via email at, and one of the team will follow up to organise a meeting. Please get in touch before applications close (5pm Friday 23 June)

Whether or not you meet with us will not affect the outcome of your application.

What happens after I apply?
When applications close, the application forms will be passed on to the Evaluation Panel to individually review (see the ‘Evaluation Information’ document above for more information).

If the Panel members have any questions about your application, we will contact you about these.

The Panel will then meet to share their assessments and collectively decide which applications will be funded.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome, and we will discuss next steps with you.

Nan’s Song Campaign

Why a new campaign?
The purpose of this new campaign is to identify the early signs of gambling harm to avoid serious gambling harm developing, while reinforcing cultural values that can act as protective factors for gambling harm.

What is the thinking behind Nan's Song?
The strategy at the heart of this campaign is to lift the taboo on gambling and to prompt kōrero. ‘Nan’s Song’ is a campaign drawing on Māori and Pasifika culture but is grounded in universal truths. Nan is the matriarch, a pillar of strength, wise and warm and understanding, a character many of us will recognise. She represents connection to our tūpuna, and the mana we inherit from them. Her gift is a reminder to walk tall, knowing we‘re never alone and always supported.

Who is the audience?
This campaign is focused on recreational/low risk gamblers, aged 18 to 44 years, (specifically pokie players) with a focus on Māori and Pasifika, who are disproportionally represented in terms of gambling harm. The secondary audience is whānau/friends/affected others, because people often turn to whānau/friends before any professional help.

Where will it be seen?
The campaign will be seen on:

  • Television (TVNZ, Discovery, Māori TV, Duke)
  • Online video (TV On-Demand, YouTube)
  • Digital display ads – range of sites
  • Social media – Facebook and Instagram
  • Out of home (Pokie venues - digital screens and bathrooms (mirror decal)
  • Community settings (noticeboards in community centres and churches)
  • Google ads.

What are the objectives of the campaign?
The objectives of the campaign are to prompt reflection, simplify education information and nudge intervention/support action.

How will the campaign deliver on the objectives?
The campaign objectives are integrated into the messaging approach and key messages. These are to:

  • Prompt reflection – by a story grounded in values central to Māori and Pasifika communities including early warning signs
  • Simplify education – knowing the signs to look out for, dispel myths and illustrate gambling issues can happen to anyone
  • Nudge intervention/support – encourage people to act by watching out for signs and helping each other, have challenging kōrero among people who recognise signs in themselves or friends/whānau and know where to go for further help and support for people worried about their or someone else's gambling.

Help spread the word

Resources are available for you to use to in your own communities:

Social Media Posts

Here are three posts already prepared that you can use on your social platforms. You may wish to change the text to suit your organisation and your audience, and include links to your services.


If you have Facebook or Instagram, you can use/share this post to help promote the message and engage with your community.


You are welcome to link and share Nan's Song video content in your own social platforms. Go to to see the videos.

Social media links

You can share our Instagram and Facebook pages via the links below.

Promotional Posters - Knowing the Signs

Designed to increase people’s knowledge of the early gambling harm signs to look out for.
Printed single-sided, full colour, A4 or for use online. There are two poster options (orange background or image background) and five variations of each option.

Kōrero cards

Designed as a guide to encourage people to start a conversation about gambling. They are for both gamblers and whānau/affected others and aim to make it easier to talk about gambling, how it’s affecting them and discuss support options..

Safer Gambling Aotearoa email signatures

Here are three email signature designs you can add to your email to support the Safer Gambling Aotearoa harm kaupapa. Each design is available using the Māori tohu and the Pasifika tohu.

MGH Image Library Catalogue

This MGH Image Library Catalogue contains various gambling-related images for PMGH Service Providers to use. The images must be used for the purposes of strength-based messaging around minimising gambling harm, and they must remain within the MGH programme of work. To use the images, email the inbox with the images you would like to use (noting the image reference), and we will send you the high-resolution versions.

Website - How Pokies Work

The information on the How Pokies Work page on the Safer Gambling Aotearoa website has recently been refreshed. You are welcome to link to and share this page -

Safer Gambling Aotearoa launched June 2021

The mahi

Safer Gambling Aotearoa

When it comes to talking about our gambling, many within our communities feel whakamā; it's something we're traditionally not comfortable discussing. However, it's only by talking about our gambling in a way that feels safe, that we're actually able to overcome the shame and stigma that can be associated with it.

'Me kōrero tātou | Tatou talanoa' - is our way of encouraging our people, to lift the taboo around the way we kōrero about our gambling. We all want to make our own choices. We know that our audience don’t want to be told what to do, so a message telling them to stop gambling would never prove successful. But with our new brand name Safer Gambling Aotearoa, we're shifting the focus to a positive outcome.

Safer Gambling Aotearoa offers a new destination for us all to work towards. We're hoping to avoid further stigmatising people who gamble, by removing phrases like 'problem gambling'.

Te Ringa Akiaki: A guiding hand

As a Māori and Pasifika lead approach to minimising gambling harm, it made sense to place our cultures at the heart of our brand identity. Working with artist Graham Tipene, we created a unifying device that conveyed the essence of our mission.

Our logo stems from a circular tohu which represents a cycle of activity and depicts the themes of manaaki, strength through adversity and protection. Also within this piece are Te Ringa Akiaki, helping hands of those who endeavour to tautoko our individuals and support them to practise safer ways to gamble, or completely stop if they choose to.


When do I have to remove any reference to Choice Not Chance by?

There is no fixed deadline. The first stage is a soft brand launch to gambling and wider health sector stakeholders to provide advanced notice of the brand transition. The inclusion of Safer Gambling Aotearoa won't be used in public facing campaign promotion until the end of August 2021.


  • Online/digital environments such as websites can easily be updated, we encourage you to take the time to do this before the end of August 2021.


  • There is no need to dispose of any existing printed materials that include Choice Not Chance logo. Please use existing stock first and update material only when a reprint is required.
  • Te Hiringa Hauora will be running down existing printed stocks before re-printing materials/resources to include Safer Gambling Aotearoa. This includes the Minimising Gambling Harm resources ordered from our Health Resources page, Health Ed and the Gamble Host training pack.

Can we use the logo in our own advertising and resources?


We have our own organisation logo which is effective, why do you want us to use this one?

Use of the Safer Gambling Aotearoa is optional. Co-branding is also an option.

What about other language translations?

The Primary Logo Māori and Primary Logo Pasifika are the only two language options available at this stage.

What logo do I use?

If you are unsure we suggest leading with the Primary Logo Māori.

What logo file format should I use?

Non-designers usually find jpeg and png files easier to use. The file names end with .jpg or .png. Jpeg files are best for print formats, png files are best for web/digital formats. Png files also come with a transparent background - so may be useful if you are 'overlaying' the logo on a coloured background or image.

A full suite of file formats are available and graphic designers will be familiar with all these file formats - i.e. ai .eps .png .jpg .svg.

Will Te Hiringa Hauora be available to assist with design advice?

Start by checking the brand guidelines. The content will show you logo versions with guidelines including clear space, minimum sizes, incorrect usage, and Do's and Don'ts,

If you are still unsure you can email

For general marketing questions email

Where will Safer Gambling Aotearoa be seen?

We encourage placement where it will be seen by gamblers, friends and whānau in your communities.

National promotion is likely to include:

  • Broadcast TV
  • Social media
  • Online/digital
  • Out of home (billboards, community settings)
  • Printed materials and resources.

When will resources be available?

We intend to make some new resources available in time for Gamble Harm Awareness Week 2021.

How long will Safer Gambling Aotearoa be around?

Safer Gambling Aotearoa has been designed with the aim to be used for up to ten years.

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