Gambling Harm Conference 2018: Taking action for change

The voices from people with lived experiences in nearby local communities who have been affected by gambling harm were distinctly heard at the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s third biennial conference on gambling harm. The three-day event from 13 – 15 August 2018 held in Geelong, Victoria, Australia and organised in partnership with the New Zealand Problem Gambling Foundation (PGF). They had put together a well thought out programme with an array of prominent, diverse and distinguished local, national and international speakers to share their insights and lead discussions within...

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Pesio Ah-Honi

‘The biggest personal challenge I’ve faced in my career is not walking away. I could have … many times. Staying was much harder as there was so much against us during those difficult times.’ It’s been quite a journey for Pesio Ah-Honi, Mapu Maia National Director Pacific Services, Problem Gambling Foundation. Starting from literally nothing nearly 20 years ago, Pesio’s career path has led her to managing a team of nine staff, providing a national Pacific clinical and public health service in the problem gambling sector. But as she explains, that path hasn’t always been easily paved. Pesio...

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Mapu Maia ‘Hopesters’ breaks down barriers

The team from Mapu Maia, Gerhart Berking, Ben Langi, Phillip Siataga and Feleti Piva recently joined Radio 531pi Pacific breakfast show with Radio host Brian Sagala to discuss and raise awareness on problem gambling. The team members who all work in different regions around New Zealand; Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch united recently to speak about the who they are and the work they do. A special mention has to go to Philip Siataga who does not call himself a counsellor now, even though that’s what he is professionally, he instead refers to himself as a ‘Hopester’ when working with...

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Our hikoi south - visiting Te Roopu Tautoko ki te Tonga

Recently, Stephanie Erick and I visited the far south Gambling Harm providers held at Te Roopu Tautoko ki te Tonga (Te Roopu Tautoko) in Dunedin. The weather reports the night before our flights down mentioned snow on roads and I have to admit I didn't want to deal with snow and colder weather, but what we got was the absolute opposite, no snow and great weather. Yessiree! I am thankful the notorious southerly wind didn't decide to show her full force while we were down there. Apparently, we missed the coldest day in Auckland 3 degrees and Dunedin 8 degrees, what are the chances of that...

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