Free family-friendly events near you:

Where When Place Event name Brought to you by
Christchurch Sat 3 Sept 10am - 2pm Linwood Avenue Primary School Gamblefree Community Day The Salvation Army Oasis
Wellington Sat 3 Sept 11am - 3pm Cuba Street Mall United Communities celebrating healthy families Problem Gambling Foundation and Mapu Maia
Porirua Fri 16 Sept 6pm - 8pm Cannons Creek Cook Island Community Hall Choice Not Chance Family Fun Night Taeaomanino Trust
Masterton Wed 7 Sept 1pm - 2pm Cameron House, Stuart St Gambling Harm Awareness Week - free movie screening about how pokies work The Salvation Army Oasis
Whanganui Sat 3 Sept The Rivers Traders and Whanganui Farmers Market Gambling Harm Awareness Week event Ngai Tai O Te Awa Trust
Whanganui Sat 11 Sept 5:30pm Sarjeant Gallery Free movie screening about how pokies work Ngai Tai O Te Awa Trust
Hastings Wed 7 Sept 6pm Focal Point Movie Theatre Free movie screening about how pokies work Hawke's Bay Gambling Services
Hastings Sat 10 Sept 9am - 2pm Albert Square Blossom Festival and Parade Te Rangihaeata Oranga Trust and Hawke's Bay Gambling Services
Auckland Sat 10 Sept 10am - 2pm Otara Town Centre United Families Celebrating Healthy Communities Problem Gambling Foundation, Mapu Maia, and Asian Family Services

Get involved on Facebook

Did you know that spending time with loved ones can help beat gambling harm? Whether it's going for a walk, sharing kai or exploring somewhere new, family members can make a huge difference.  

Go to the Choice Not Chance Facebook page to find suggestions for fun family activities. You can also share your own whānau time experiences through comments and photos.

About Gambling Harm Awareness Week

Gambling is a popular form of entertainment, but it can have unwanted consequences that can damage relationships, whānau, finances and hopes for the future.

These local events, combined with the Choice Not Chance Facebook promotion, are part of a national effort to:

  1. Raise awareness of gambling harm in New Zealand.
  2. Provide positive ways for people to help those they are concerned about.

Evidence shows that spending time with your loved one and sharing rewarding activities together is a powerful way to protect them from further harm.

Throughout the week people will be asked to prioritise whānau time over gambling.