Te Rangihaeata Oranga Trust

Hawke's Bay Gambling Services

Friends and Family

Are you concerned about someone else's gambling?

Gambling might be a problem if someone:

  • Is spending more than they can afford to lose
  • Is spending lots of time gambling
  • Sees gambling as a way to get out of debt
  • Is constantly borrowing money to pay ordinary bills or expenses
  • Starts selling personal items such as a TV, Stereo, jewellery
  • Becomes secretive about where they are and what they're doing
  • Starts getting new credit cards
  • Starts avoiding people (they may owe them money)
  • Loses interest in social activities, refusing invitations they'd usually accept
If you have any concerns, use our confidential Passport to Health to take the first step.

Contact us on:
Napier/Hastings:   (06) 876 6267
Wairoa:   (06) 876 6792
Central Hawkes Bay:   (06) 876 6792

If the answer is yes, then remember:

  • You are not alone
  • You can help that person safely
  • We are here to help you

We can work with you to work with the person you know who is affected by harmful gambling. The sooner you choose to talk about it the better.

There are things you can do now to keep loved ones safe from harmful gambling.



It might not seem much, but just talking and thinking about the possible impacts of harmful gambling can make a difference.


Providing a safe home environment

There are a number of things you can do to help keep your family from being affected by harmful gambling:

  • Talk to your teenagers about the risks of gambling and how to make responsible choices
  • Have fun with your children, but not with gambling (scratchies and internet gambling are not child's play)