Everyone can play an important role in limiting gambling consumption under ''safe'' thresholds, writes Matthew Rockloff.
The time is ripe for public action on gambling, writes John Farnsworth.
The viability of provincial pubs with poker machines and resulting grants for their communities is under threat as the Government considers reforming the sector, industry representatives say.
Sports and community groups in Dunedin fear being left out of pocket if a push to cap the number of poker machines in the city is successful.
Two poker machine trusts together distributing more than $60 million a year to community groups - including in Dunedin - have urged the Dunedin City Council not to punish the industry for problem gambling.
Emotional pleas and cold, hard numbers dominated the first day of a public hearing that could change the rules for gambling in Dunedin.
At the height of her gambling addiction, Karen Hansen dreamed of being locked in a prison cell.
Dunedin City Council staff are again recommending the council sticks with the status quo on gaming venues and machines in the city, rather than adopting a sinking-lid policy.
Although the poker machines in Arrowtown do not appear to be used to capacity, more machines may exacerbate existing problems in the community, a submission against a proposal for nine new machines says.
Pokies cost Scribe an estimated $100,000 but it was the loss of his children and partner that made him seek help for his gambling addiction. The hip-hop artist said he began playing pokies at a...
New Zealand hip hop heavyweight Scribe is coming to Dunedin to share his personal struggle with pokies.
Pokie machines prey on an ancient part of the brain to turn ordinary people into losers, writes Catherine Masters, of the NZ Herald.
SkyCity wants more cashless gambling machines that are banned in other casinos in the country, as part of a deal with the Government in exchange for investing $350 million in a national convention centre.
The notion that the future of sport in this country might rely on picking the pockets of people with gambling addictions sticks in the craw.
A Dunedin-based national trust is demanding answers after a poker machine licence was issued to the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Trust.
A Queenstown man appeared in court yesterday after he stole $4195 from his employer to fuel his gambling addiction, even taking the money during early-morning casino binges.
The resignation of Willie Ripia from the Western Force due to alleged pick-pocketing from his team-mates brings his promising rugby career in Australia to an embarrassing and premature end.
A head for numbers and figures initially gave Tony a "sense of control" when he started playing the pokies, until his monthly bank statements highlighted the "horrendous" amounts he was losing on a regular basis.
The amount of money being lost gambling on Dunedin poker machines has decreased during the past four years, with Mosgiel, the central city and the suburbs of City Rise home to the venues where players are most likely to lose their cash.
"The crack cocaine of gambling", was how Waitaki District Councillor Hugh Perkins has described poker machines, but his attempt to reduce numbers in the Waitaki district failed yesterday.