New Zealand is ready with a new $54m gambling strategy - Saturday 12th of March 2005

The New Zealand government is using $54m on a new gambling strategy. According to Stuff.co.nz the New Zealand government is planning a new $54m gambling strategy. "Mr O'Connor said statistics showed that:" "# Player losses or profits on non-casino gaming machines rose from an estimated $597 million in 2000/01 to an estimated $1 billion in 2003/04." "# During 2003/04, New Zealanders lost more than $2 billion on all gambling activity." "# The number of people seeking help with gambling problems increased 28 per cent in 2003/04 compared with the previous year." "# More than 78 per cent of people who first received counselling in 2003/04 sought help as a consequence of gambling on gaming machines in pubs and clubs." "# The number of female gamblers accessing help services has increased 309 per cent since 1997, and by 2003/04 females accounted for 47.4 per cent of new clients." "Details of the new strategy, called Strategic Plan for Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm, are on www.moh.govt.nz/problemgambling."

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