Pause the Pokies for Gambling Harm Awareness Week

21 June 2018

This year, Gambling Harm Awareness Week (GHAW) is taking place 3 - 9 September. The Problem Gambling Foundation (PGF), Mapu Maia, Asian Family Services, and several community partners are inviting clubs to participate in a nationwide ‘Pause the Pokies’ campaign as part of this important awareness raising week. This involves venues turning off their pokie machines for one hour during GHAW to increase community awareness of gambling harm.

Registrations for the campaign have officially closed, however, if your club would like to join the other participating clubs please contact Tina McIvor by emailing

This is a way that clubs can show their commitment to providing a safe gambling environment while also highlighting the many other activities and facilities available within the club.  Last year some Wellington venues were involved in a local campaign and supported raising awareness about gambling harm in their community by turning off their pokies for an hour. You can watch a short YouTube video testimonial from a venue owner below:

Pause the pokies is a small annual interruption that may allow gamblers to pause and think about their gambling during Gambling Harm Awareness Week.  It is hoped that this may lead people to seek assistance from a local service if they are experiencing harm.

Supporting promotional material will be made available at participating venues.

If your club would like to find out more or participate in Gambling Awareness Week by Pausing your Pokies please contact Tina McIvor, Problem Gambling Foundation by emailing Alternatively you can visit the Pause the Pokies website which contains more information along with an online registration form;

Register now to Pause the Pokies

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