Wednesday September 6, 2017
A pause for gambling harm awareness Mayor Ray Wallace is supporting seven pubs and clubs that have agreed to ‘pause the pokie’ machines for Gambling Harm Awareness Week. Seven pubs and clubs in Lower Hutt have agreed to ‘pause the pokie’ machines for one hour in recognition of Gambling Harm Awareness Week. Fitzroy Tavern and Wainuiomata Bowling Club are two of the seven taking part. Te Aroha Pavilion, Naenae Bowling Club, Stokes Valley Cosmopolitan Club, and Strike and Murphy’s Sports Bar at the Angus Inn are also taking part. Hutt City Council Mayor Ray
Wallace supports the initiative. “Sadly for many people pokies gambling is a real addiction that is ruining families’ lives. The initiative highlights the misery that some families face as a result of gambling addiction,” Wallace said. The move is part of a campaign that is organised by the Problem Gambling Foundation, Mapu Maia, Asian Family Services and the Salvation Army Oasis to raise awareness about the harm caused by gambling. Problem Gambling Foundation’s Therese Grevatt said every venue in Lower Hutt with pokie machines was invited to take
part and that she was really pleased that seven venues had taken the opportunity. “Venues have an important role in providing effective host responsibility for their patrons, looking for any signs of harmful gambling and intervening if necessary,” Grevatt said. “We’ve had such a positive response to this idea from people who live and work in Lower Hutt so we encourage the community to let the venues know that they appreciate their efforts.” Gambling Harm Awareness Week runs from September 4 to 10.
Salvation Army Oasis spokesperson Vicki Hirini said the campaign targets Lower Hutt as it is more concentrated with pokies than any other city in wider Wellington. “Lower Hutt lost over $26 million on pokie machines last year, and there is one machine for every 165 adults,” Hirini said. “Pokies are addictive machines and are the most harmful form of gambling. We hope this will help to raise awareness about the harm that gambling can cause and also provide an opportunity for patrons to ‘pause’ and think about their gambling.”
BNZ teams up with Kokiri Marae Maori Women’s Refuge Thariq Rifiki, Robin Walker, and Heather Kennett were BNZ representatives at Kokiri Marae Maori Women’s Refuge. BNZ staff put their closed signs up to turn their attention to a number of community projects recently. Teams helped out at Kokiri Marae Maori Women’s Refuge as part of the yearly Closed for Good initiative. Closed for Good saw all BNZ stores close their doors and staff helping out in their local communities. Those that spent the day at Kokiri Marae Maori Women’s Refuge assisted with general tidy up of the children’s playground area and also painted areas of the building, making it bright and inviting. BNZ chief executive officer Anthony Healy was thrilled to see such a diverse range of projects submitted this year. “Community groups do some amazing work throughout New Zealand and we take real pleasure in being able to give
back in this small way, whether it’s by picking up a paint brush, planting native trees, providing
budgeting advice or running financial literacy workshops,” Anthony said.
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Wainuiomata High School student Nina Kaiwai, 18, had her design selected for Walk the Line, a side event for younger designers at New Zealand Fashion Week. Her design was worn on the runway by Maddison Angus. New Zealand Fashion Week, now in its 17th year, finished on Thursday, August 31.
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The new Regional Bowls Centre at Walter Mildenhall Park is open for players. It was officially opened by Hutt City Council Mayor Ray Wallace and the Chairperson of the Community Facilities Trust Kirsten Patterson on September 1. The Bowls Centre is the new home of the Naenae Bowling Club, which has moved from its old site in Witako Street, next to Lower Hutt Hospital. The Club has merged with the Naenae RSA and Park Avenue Bowling Club.
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Some staff also planted native trees at Rimutaka Forest Park.
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