Hāpai Te Hauora to present at the National Association of Gambling Studies conference

A pan-continental collaboration of indigenous researchers including Hāpai Te Hauora will present at the National Association of Gambling Studies conference on indigenous gambling this week in Cairns. . The Gambling Harm Infrastructure Services for Hāpai Te Hauora (National Coordination Service and Te Kakano) jointly submitted an abstract in collaboration with Sheila Wahsquonaikezhik of Canada, and Janis Koolmatrie of Ngarrindjeri mob in Australia. This is a unique opportunity to share the experiences of indigenous researchers and practitioners across three continents. The discussion will...

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Spring forum #3 - Dunedin

The 2016 South Island forum in Dunedin took off in fine form on Monday 21st November 2016 and lucky for us the weather was particularly warm and gave much excitement for the upcoming summer. Following the earth quake in Kaikoura, the south island workforce came from Christchurch, Invercargill and Dunedin to participate. Te Roopu Tautoko ki te tonga, the dedicated Māori gambling harm service in Dunedin welcomed participants with some true southern hospitality. The forum commenced with whakatau and karakia and a gracious reply given by Chris Watkins of Salvation Army Oasis Gambling service. Our...

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Spring Forum #2 - Palmerston North

The theme for this series of spring regional trainings are “Connections” and we were able to connect with service providers located in the lower north island on Wednesday 16th November despite everyone dealing with post-earth quake tremors and serious flooding. We had a few cancellations however the pioneering spirit of all who attended meant we were able to continue with the day-long programme as planned. In our work we facilitate connections all the time and we know that our whānau and communities thrive when they have healthy connections so the Palmerston North forum key note speaker, Witi...

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Spring Forum #1 – Tamaki Makaurau

Today sees the second day of November and the first of the regional forums for the Minimisation and Prevention of Gambling Harm Sector, held at the Pasifika Community Centre at the Manukau Institute of Technology in Otara. Guest speakers for the day Witi Ashby of the Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand who covered the origins of suicide using a cultural lens with the attendees. The other guest speaker, Haydee Richards of Phoenix trust, who covered her experiences working as a senior Peer Support worker in South Auckland and the connection between substance use and gambling. Training...

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