New Zealand Gambling Help — In One Day with Follow-up

One-Day Educational Treatment Seminar

Is your relationship with gaming machines healthy?

If not, what are you going to do about it?

What can you do about it?


Woodlands Trust is no longer a Contracted Provider with the Ministry of Health effective 1/1/2018 and will no longer be offering One-Day Workshops. Unfortunately, Woodlands Trust and the Ministry of Health could not reach agreement on terms and conditions for new contracting from the 1/1/2018 until the 30/6/2019.

Woodlands Trust wishes all of it’s “very special clients the very best in moving forward” and we have greatly appreciated the privilege of being able to work with you over the last 18-year period. Each and every one of you are unique and you now all know the motto of the Woodlands Trust:

“Possunt Quia Posse Videntur”
“They can because they think they can.”

We know you all have the ability to make good choices moving forwards.

The Following list of Providers will also be able to assist you (should you wish) and they are all Free Providers contracted under the Ministry of Health. Remember if you need help and assistance or someone to “talk to” help is always available 24/7. These following services have caring and competent clinicians who will be able to assist you.


Gambling Helpline Services
0800 654 655
Or text to 8006

The Gambling Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A range of population specific helplines are also provided. Please check the links below for each services limited hours of operation. If any of the below helplines are not available at any time please contact the Gambling Helpline.

The Salvation Army Oasis Centres  (Public Health and Intervention Services)
0800 53 00 00
Go to a listing of local services  and their respective phone numbers

Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand  (Public Health and Intervention Services)
0800 664 262


Ngā Manga Puriri Whāngarei  (Public Health and Intervention Services)
(09) 437 0167


Hapai te Hauora Tapui Auckland (Public Health Services)
(09) 520 4796

Odyssey House Auckland (Intervention Services)
(09) 638 4957

Pasifika Ola Lelei Services Manukau  (Public Health and Intervention Services)
(09) 273 9017

Raukura Hauora O Tainui (Intervention Services)
(09) 263 8040

TUPU Waitemata DHB Pacific Counselling Service Auckland (Public Health and Intervention Services)
(09) 845 1800


Te Ara Tika - Gisborne  (Public Health and Intervention Services)
0800 82 84 89


Te Kāhui Hauora Trust  (Public Health and Intervention Services)
(07) 349 0156


Best Care Whakapai Hauora Palmerston North  (Public Health Services)
(06) 353 6385

Ngā Tai O Te Awa Trust Whanganui  (Public Health Services)
(06) 348 9902

Hawke’s Bay

Te Rangihaeata Oranga Trust  (Public Health and Intervention Services)
(06) 876 6267


Tui Ora Taranaki  (Public Health Services)
(06) 759 4064


Tu Te Ihi (Te Rūnanga O Toa Rangātira Inc) - Porirua & Wellington  (Public Health and Intervention Services)
(04) 238 4071

Taeaomanino Trust Porirua & Wellington (Public Health and Intervention Services)
0800 345 345


Addiction Advice and Assessment Services Ltd (Ngāti Koata Trust) - Nelson (Public Health and Intervention Services)
(03) 548 2230 or 021 0226 0819

Southern Region – Otago / Southland

Te Roopū Tautoko ki te Tonga – Dunedin  (Public Health Services)
(03) 477 4670

Ngā Kete Mātauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust - Invercargill  (Public Health and Intervention Services)
(03) 214 5260

Kindest Regards,
Dr Vicki, Bernie and Woodlands Trust Team.

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Find out what you have always wanted to know about gaming machines by attending our one day course with follow-up on understanding how gaming machines are designed.

Build a gaming machine from the bottom-up putting yourself "into-the-head" of both the designer of the game and the manufacturer of the machine.

Find out how the rules of chance operate on gaming machines. What do you need to know about Player Percentage Returns, the Random Number Generator and Jackpot configurations?

What don't you know about gaming machines? Take our short quiz (click)

The Woodlands Trust hold FREE one-day programmes with assessment and follow-up in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch for Gaming Machine "Pokie Players".

  • Find out what you have always wanted to know about gaming machines.
  • Find out how the rules of chance operate when you are playing.
  • Find out about the differences between gaming machines in Pubs and Clubs (Charity Gaming Machines) and gaming machines in Casinos.
  • Find out about random number generators.
  • Find out how different player percentage returns can impact on your play.
  • Find out how Jackpots are configured.
  • Test your knowledge of gaming machines with the Woodlands Trust True/False Faulty Logic Test for Gaming Machine Gamblers.
  • Explore the myths in and around gaming machines.
  • Learn about the gambling experiences of others.
  • Find out how to maximise your gambling fun while minimising your risk of developing gambling problems.
  • Each course participant will be given a comprehensive assessment to determine if they have any gambling problems or are "at risk" of becoming a problem gambler.
  • Find out how to change any problem gambling behaviour(s) you may have developed.
  • Decide if you require a controlled gambling approach or whether an abstinence approach is the best approach for you. Find out how Woodlands Trust can help you develop a programme specific to your requirements.
  • Each course participant will receive Free Access to the Woodlands Trust Gambling Recording Sheets and Monitoring System.
  • Complimentary morning tea and lunch will be provided.
New Zealand Gambling Help
New Zealand Gambling Help

"Woodlands Trust offers New Zealanders gambling help, information & counselling to help manage problem gambling."