This report presents results from the 2018 Health and Lifestyles Survey (HLS). It focuses on respondents’ experiences of second-hand gambling harm for themselves or for others close to them and their concern about the level of gambling within their communities.
In 2018, around 217,000 New Zealand adults (aged 15-years and older) reported experiencing individual gambling harm. While this is only 6% of the adult population, the impact of their gambling can be felt by those that live in the same household or their wider family and community. It is estimated that New Zealanders have lost more than $2 billion since 2012 to gambling-related activities. Gambling losses can lead to arguments about money or families having to go without the things they need, which is referred to as ‘second-hand’ gambling harm in this report.
- 1 in 14 New Zealand adults (7%) reported second-hand gambling harm in their wider family or household in the last 12 months.
- Harm was more likely to be reported by Māori than non-Māori.
- The prevalence of harm remained relatively unchanged from 2010 to 2018.
- About 1 in 2 (48%) adults were concerned about the level of gambling in their community in 2018.
- Māori were more likely to be concerned about gambling in their community than non-Māori.
- The prevalence of those concerned about gambling in their community remained unchanged from 2012 to 2018.
- Three-quarters (76%) of those who reported second-hand gambling harm were also concerned about the level of gambling in their community.