Both New Zealand and international evidence indicates that different groups in society experience and regard gambling differently and are often over represented in problem gambling prevalence statistics. The Ministry is seeking research that will advance on what is currently known generically about the impacts of gambling within the general population, build on recent New Zealand research and increase the understanding of the impact of gambling on Māori families and communities.
The aims of this project are to inform on:
- the relationships that Māori have with gambling
- why Māori choose to gamble or not
- aspects of culture and identity that are protective and can minimise the impact of gambling
- impacts of gambling that may be specific to Māori communities
- social and economic determinants specific to Māori communities that may contribute to creating and/or maintaining risk or vulnerability
- understanding why other groups with similar characteristics are not at risk
The Ministry anticipates that this information will help in the development and targeting of effective primary prevention measures and informing national and local policy initiatives.