Game show to counter gambling
A new game show has hit New Zealand screens, but this one has a difference – it’s an innovative way to help people recognise the early signs of harmful gambling.
‘‘This is a new approach to help people protect themselves and others from gambling harm,’’ said Kataraina Tahana- Reese, intervention counsellor from Taeaomanino Trust.
‘‘With more than $2 billion lost to gambling in New Zealand every year and more than $2 million lost to non-casino gaming machines in Porirua City alone in the first three months of 2014, it’s a hugely important message.’’
Using the setting of a fictional game show, with former Small Blacks TV presenter Nua Finau as the host, The Game Show explains three key signs that someone’s gambling is becoming more than just fun.
‘‘ Spending more to win back money you’ve lost, hiding or lying about your gambling, and suffering feelings of guilt or stress are all warning signs that your gambling could be getting out of hand,’’ Tahana-Reese said.