In New Zealand, from September 3 to September 9, as part of the Week of Informed Gambling, the operation of slot machine clubs will be suspended for an hour. This, with reference to the director of communications at the Problem Gambling Foundation (PGF) André Froude, is reported by the New Zealand media.
According to media reports, more than 70 gambling clubs in New Zealand have already given their consent to participate in the Pause in Slots campaign, which was organized by the Problem Gambling Fund, Asian Family Services and the Pacific Advisory Service.
“It is very good for us to have the opportunity to cooperate with gambling clubs to raise awareness of many people about the harm caused by gambling. This is especially true when it comes to slot machines. The Week of Conscious Gambling will begin with a promotion in Invercargill. 15 clubs will take part in it, which will stop their work in the morning. There are also clubs that will support our action, every day, for an hour during the week, stopping the operation of their slot machines. We very much hope that this promotion will give many players an opportunity to think about the serious harm from gambling. We also hope that some of these players will turn to our service for help or help someone from their friends and relatives, ”said Andre Frud.
Note that even though the number of people in New Zealand taking part in gambling has declined, the level of problems from gambling in this country has not decreased. According to statistics, in New Zealand in 2016-2017, gambling players spent about 2.33 billion New Zealand dollars ($ 1.39 billion), which is 5.7% more than in 2015-2016.