Video gaming leading to problem gambling for Pasifika

The New Zealand research has been carried out by three organisations - Pasifika Youth Online Gaming and Gambling Research, Mapu Maia Pasifika Service and Moana Research.

They have found children across New Zealand as young as five are showing symptoms of 'gaming harm'.

Lead researcher Dr Seini Taufa said the research is the first of its kind and 75 young people were interviewed.

Taufa said more investment is required to support efforts to overcome problem gambling.

Pasifika families in New Zealand need help to stop gambling - report

More than half of 14-year old Pacific youth were found to have gambled before, while nearly four percent of youth studied were problem gamblers.

Over half of Pasifika mothers studied had gambled with one in 28 identified as problem gamblers.

Auckland University of Technology researcher El-Shadan Tautolo said the incidence of gambling among Pasifika is increasing and needs to be addressed.

Has rugby league’s relationship with gambling begun to go too far?

But what do we call the suits in charge who have encouraged this mad fixation on betting that now brings millions of dollars into the sport every year?




Hold that thought.

As we’ve all heard by now, young Wests Tigers centre Tim Simona was stood down amid the latest NRL betting investigation.

The claims are that 25-year-old allegedly made a string of small bets on several games over a series of months.