Game show to counter gam­bling

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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.

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