NZ’s Problem Gambling Foundation Supports Harariwa’s Stance Against Pokies

Earlier this month, Hone Harariwa decided to speak out against poker machines. The Mana leader stated that the devices caused turmoil in low income areas across New Zealand and called for them to be removed. Recently, New Zealand’s Problem Gambling Foundation announced that they back Harawira’s initiative.

Harawira stated that many of the residents of low income areas would choose to remove poker machines from local venues if they had the chance. Given that problem gambling rates are much higher in areas affected by poverty, it seems like viable solution.

The New Zealand Problem Gambling Foundation released a statement this week announcing its support. As the availability of poker machines in low income residential areas is seen as a cause of problem gambling, the foundation sees this as a worthy cause to support.

It has only been a week since Harawira announced it stance on the issue of poker machines, but he has gained a great deal of support in this time. There is no word yet on whether or not the local government will grant his request, but the Problem Gambling Foundation is hopeful that something will be done to reduce the rates of problem gambling in low income areas across New Zealand .

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