Around 40 people gathered to protest against pokies and alcohol in Gisborne alongside community group Ka Pai Kaiti. The group is pushing to rid Kaiti and eventually the wider community of pokie machines.
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The Department of Internal Affairs is looking into an alleged $10mil win by a Matamata man which it says looks suspicious. Rawiri Pou apparently won the jackpot after playing on an online website. The Problem Gambling Foundation say it's illegal to promote an international online gambling site in NZ and is also advising caution.
A push for more research on Māori problem gambling is the call, after the success of a Māori focus concept on celebrating Gamble-free day in the Bay of Plenty.
Over 15 horse riding clubs converged on Rūātoki for the annual Gambler Tournament, an event made special by the attendance of the current world champions in mounted games.