New Zealanders’ Knowledge, views and experience of gambling and gambling harm: Results from the 2014 Health and Lifestyles Survey

By Holland, K., Tu, D., Gray, R., Hudson, S., & Li, J.

The Health and Lifestyles Survey (HLS) is a biennial, nationally representative, face-to-face, in-home survey that facilitates the monitoring of health behaviours and attitudes of New Zealanders aged 15-years-and-over. The HLS is managed by the Health Promotion Agency (HPA) and collects information relating to the programme areas HPA works in, including minimising harm from gambling.

In 2014, the gambling section of the HLS was designed specifically to be comparable to the 2006/07 Gaming and Betting Activities Survey, a benchmark survey carried out to inform the development of a national health promotion programme aimed at reducing gambling harm. The results for the majority of the 2014 HLS questions were also comparable with those in the 2008, 2010 and 2012 HLS. It is recommended that the findings from this report should be read along with the 2014 HLS report on gambling participation (Tu & Puthipiroj, 2015) and the series of specialised gambling reports from the National Gambling Study (Abbott et al., 2014).

This report uses data from the 2014 HLS to assess experience, knowledge and opinions about gambling harm among New Zealand adults, both overall and among different social and population groups (as defined by gender, ethnicity, neighbourhood deprivation level, risk of gambling harm, type of gambling participation, and number of gambling activities participated in over the past 12 months). Where relevant, results are compared to those from earlier surveys.

Holland, K., Tu, D., Gray, R., Hudson, S., & Li, J. (2017). New Zealanders’ Knowledge, views and experience of gambling and gambling harm: Results from the 2014 Health and Lifestyles Survey. Wellington: Health Promotion Agency Research and Evaluation Unit.

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