New app for people experiencing gambling harms or problems


The National Institute for Health Innovation (NIHI) has developed a new app called Manaaki for people experiencing harms or problems from their gambling. Manaaki is a mobile phone based cognitive behavioural therapy app based on the Deakin University (Australia) GamblingLess on-line tool.

Researchers at NIHI will look into Manaaki’s effectiveness to support people experiencing gambling harms or problems through a randomised study design. The study is led by Gayl Humphrey (National Institute for Health Innovation), in partnership with colleagues from the Social and Community Health Section at the University of Auckland, Deakin University, and Hāpai te Hauora. The study runs over 12 weeks, and participants are asked to answer a set of questions (through the app) at 4, 8, and 12 weeks.

The study is supported by a research grant from the Health Research Council.

If you have any questions about the study or want to know more, please click here or email The app is available to download here.