Social Impact Assessments in play

Social impact assessments are an important function of Local territorial Authorities (LTA's), where they can be used as a tool to obtain data to inform policy development such as Local Gambling Policies. Rotorua Lakes Council have undertaken an assessment of the social impact of gambling and how this has changed since the last local gambling policy review, to inform their current policy review. Three pre-consultation meetings have been held, and the council will be seeking further public views through the consultation process. Their initial findings have found: • Rotorua has a relatively high...

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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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