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  •   Home > News > Health & Safety

    A plea for a funded problem gambling service in Gisborne

    A plea for a funded problem gambling service in Gisborne


    The region's not had a government funded service since September 2018 when former provider Te Ara Tika relinquished its "unsustainable" contract with the Ministry of Health.

    Nati4Life Trust manger Tuta Ngarimu says there's definitely a need for the service, with millions of dollars being fed into the district's pokie machines every year.

    Hauora Tairawhiti board member Meredith Akuhata-Brown says problem gamblers and their whanau are in limbo without free support services.

    The Ministry of Health is considering stepping in with a temporary solution as the district health board tries to recruit staff for the service.

    © 2020 Newstalk ZB, NZCity


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