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New Zealand: $500,000 less for gambling help

25 May 2009

NEW ZEALAND -- As reported by the New Zealand Herald: "Gambling treatment services are facing their first funding cut since the liberalisation of gambling almost 20 years ago.

"The two main services, the Problem Gambling Foundation and the Salvation Army's Oasis service, are believed to face cuts of almost $500,000 - $350,000 for the foundation and $130,000 for Oasis.

"The cut is only about 3 per cent of the $17.7 million paid from a levy on the gambling industry this year for treatment and research.

"But Problem Gambling Foundation chairman Richard Northey said it would be the first cut since the levy was established when poker machines were allowed into New Zealand in the early 1990s..."

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