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    Pokies and poverty: problem gambling risk factor geography in New Zealand

    Wheeler, Benedict A. and Rigby, Jan and Huriwai, Terry (2006) Pokies and poverty: problem gambling risk factor geography in New Zealand. Health and Place, 12 (1). pp. 86-96. ISSN 1353-8292

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    Up to 2% of adults in New Zealand can be considered problem gamblers, where the activity has an impact on the well-being of those who gamble, and often their close associates. The most common activity involves non-casino gaming machines (NCGMs). This paper explores the geography of gambling ‘opportunity’ at small-area scales, and finds excess provision in those areas classified as highly deprived. Geographically weighted regression has been used to investigate the possibility that the degree of inequity in NCGM provision varies across New Zealand. As machines are licensed, this provides an opportunity for policy implementation towards risk reduction.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Gambling; Addiction; Deprivation; Ethnicity; Policy;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Item ID: 12217
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    Depositing User: Jan Rigby
    Date Deposited: 22 Jan 2020 16:53
    Journal or Publication Title: Health and Place
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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