Are Sports Too Reliant on Pokies Funds?

Concerns are mounting over the Otago Rugby Football Union’s involvement in the poker machine market. The football club seems to be strapped for cash due to less funding from pokies revenue. While the club could search for other sources for funding, some experts wonder why it has become so reliant on pokies – and if this dependency is excesdue to less funding from pokies revenue. While the club could search for other sources for funding, some experts wonder why it has become so reliant on pokies – and if this dependency is excessive.

While pokies funding is used to help a wide range of organizations across the country, sports benefit the most. Of all donations made last year, sports received an impressive $800 million from poker machine revenue. Rugby received the most, getting $142 million while horseracing receive $99 million and football received $60 million.

However, an ethical dilemma arises when it is revealed that 40% of the money that goes to sports organizations is funded by problem gamblers. Pokies funding is very beneficial source for community organizations but it does come at a cost to the welfare of vulnerable individuals.

So – anti-gambling groups wonder if sports organizations should give up poker machine funding in order to help curb problem gambling rates? Or, is it out of the sports industry’s hands?

Sky City in Trouble Again

Sky City Casinos is in the headlines yet again, after another controversy has affected the land-based gambling brand. Recently, five children were found locked in a van while their parents stayed inside the casino and gambled for hours. This case of child neglect has received a great deal of media attention, highlighting the need for better problem gambling programs in New Zealand.

According to reports, the children’s ages ranged between five months and eight years. After they were discovered, the casino’s security freed them and apprehended the parents, who were inside the casino playing pokies. They could face child neglect charges from the local authorities.

Sky City Spokesperson Peter Tracy stated that these situations do occur, but they are rare. He claims that it is not often that parent neglect their children to take part in gambling activities.

The case highlights the need for improved responsible gambling education across the country. While politicians are concerned with controlling how much players gamble, it seems that it is now more important that players are aware of safe gambling strategies and become education on responsible gambling practices.

Study Shows Pacific Children Gamble

Underage gambling is becoming a huge problem across New Zealand, with more and more children getting involved in the activity. A recent report highlights this problem, showing that a large number of New Zealand children with Pacific background begin gambling from a very young age.

According to the report, which was carried out by AUT University, 60% of young children begin playing gambling games at home with their families. Of that percentage, nearly 30% gamble for money, starting many children off on a dangerous path.

Previous studies have shown that the development of unhealthy gambling habits starts at home. Just like any other learned behaviour, children are most likely to mimic their parents’ actions. If their parents are gamblers, it is likely that they will go down a similar path – especially if they are encouraged to take part while they are young.

This study highlights the importance of leaving children unexposed to gambling behaviour until they are the legal age to gamble. This includes keeping them away from gambling card games and buying them lottery tickets as gifts. Preventing problem gambling begins at home, and many parents should take this seriously.

Gambling Helplines Combine Forces

The issue of problem gambling has become quite prevalent in the online gambling community. Gambling reform has been presented as a suitable solution, but education and counselling are also needed to make the initiative successful. As such, two helplines in New Zealand have joined forces to take on this cause.

Kidsline and Gambling Helpline have decided to start working together in order to tackle the problem together. Being the most popular helplines in New Zealand, it seems appropriate that they would partner up, covering most of the area affected by rising problem gambling rates.

A product of this partnership is the establishment of the Gambling Helpline Youth Program. As part of this initiative, Kidsline and Gambling Helpline will work together to provide targeted guidance for children and teens who are concerned about their parents’ gambling behaviour.

Problem gambling education starts at home, and children should be made well-aware of the consequences of becoming addicted to gambling. By helping youth deal with their families’ problems, the two helplines will help stop problem gambling at the root of the problem.

Casino Patrons Make Slow Return to Christchurch

It has been ten months since the earthquake, and businesses across Christchurch are still have trouble returning to their form glory. It seems that a decline in tourism and more cost-effective attitudes among residents have contributed to lost profits for local businesses, and casinos are among the most negatively affected.

Christchurch Casino has seen some of the worst financial effects of the earthquake. After reopening in May, profits had dropped by 30%. Now, in December, profits are still 15% lower than they were during this time last year.

Job losses among local residents have likely contributed to the situation. Locals have less money to spend on leisure activities, so casino and gambling spending have dropped. Additionally, tourist numbers are much lower than they were in the previous year, and tourism dollars are very valuable to casinos.

The demolition of hotels around the casino has also have detrimental effects on the casino’s business. With no places stay close by, fewer people are taking the trip out to Christchurch to visit the casino.

The casino’s operators, however, are confident that things will return to normal soon. They believe that Christmas will bring in an influx of business before a full financial recovery is made.