May
4
Fri

Pokie profits up despite sinking lid policies

This week the Department of Internal Affairs released the figures on proceeds from pub and club gambling machines in the first quarter of 2018.

April
19
Thu

Hāpai support vaping industry calls for cigarette-to-vape switch to reduce dairy armed robberies

The increasing rate of cash and cigarette related theft has inspired a New Zealand vaping business to offer free product consignment for dairy owners considering replacing their tobacco stocks. It is estimated that more than 1,200 aggravated robberies are committed against dairy businesses each year. 

April
16
Mon

New study finds tobacco industry delayed New Zealand plain packs legislation

A new study has suggested that threats of lawsuits given by the tobacco industry contributed to the stall in New Zealand’s plain packaging legislation by at least three years.

April
10
Tue

Hāpai CEO Lance Norman appeared on Newshub The Nation: A justice special

Our prisons are overflowing and former inmates keep reoffending - so what can be done about it?

March
28
Wed

Spotlight On ... Psychological effects of plain packaging cigarettes

In March, the government introduced plain packaging as part of a comprehensive tobacco control programme.

March
26
Mon

TVNZ: Former New Zealander of the year and doctor calls for ban on pokie machines

The Kaitaia-based GP raised concerns at the International Gambling conference earlier this year that gambling harm was apparent in his clinic on a daily basis.

March
26
Mon

Tobacco industry turf war misses the point

Last week it was revealed that Philip Morris (New Zealand) has taken British American Tobacco (New Zealand) to court. The two tobacco giants are squabbling over alleged anti-competitive behaviour by British American Tobacco in the New Zealand market.

March
23
Fri

Call for government to strengthen its approach on gambling harm in Aotearoa

Kaitaia based GP, and former New Zealander of the Year, Dr. Lance O’Sullivan, has raised concerns about gambling harm experienced within Northland communities and is calling on the government to take action.

March
22
Thu

Home environment influences rangatahi smoking initiation

A recent study has found that exposure to smoking in the home has become more strongly associated with when adolescents start smoking.

March
22
Thu

South Auckland community ‘success’ in preventing a 5th off-licence opening

Hāpai Te Hauora and Alcohol Healthwatch are applauding the decision by a bottle store applicant in Takanini, South Auckland, not to proceed with their application to open a new bottle store in the neighbourhood. Had the bottle store gone ahead it would have increased the number of off-licences in the community to five.