Have Your Say: Sport Integrity Review

23 September 2019

Sport NZ sought your input in 2018 to help us understand the sport integrity landscape in New Zealand.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to have their say on our Sport Integrity Review. We have now analysed all the submissions to help us understand the size and nature of any risks and issues with sport integrity in New Zealand.

Why are we reviewing sport integrity?

New Zealanders like to think we have a reputation for good sporting behaviour – we play hard, but fair. We strive to uphold the values of sport, whether celebrating Olympic medals, or supporting participation. This love of sport provides many benefits for individuals, communities and the nation, and because of that, sport is highly valued. 

However, the integrity of sport is increasingly threatened both globally and here in New Zealand by issues such as match-fixing, corruption, doping, and abusive behaviour. 

While New Zealand has various initiatives in place to protect and promote the integrity of sport, the current environment indicates a review is needed to determine whether these measures are enough. 

The first phase of the review will assess the current environment, identify priority areas where current policies and protections may be insufficient, and gather evidence to support future interventions.

Seeking submissions on a discussion document

Sport NZ sought your input in 2018 to help us understand the sport integrity landscape in New Zealand. We sought your views on themes that cut across multiple areas of sport integrity, namely organisational culture, whistleblowing and the institutional arrangements for sport integrity in New Zealand. These topics are discussed in the first chapter.

The discussion document then covers five specific areas:

  • Member protection – protecting those who engage in sport from bullying, harassment, abuse, undue health and safety risks, and other harm 
  • Integrity issues in children’s sport – protecting children from abuse, avoiding the negative effects of an undue focus on winning, and considering the changing environment within secondary school sport
  • Anti-doping – the use of prohibited substances (colloquially referred to as performance and image enhancing drugs) in contravention of the World Anti-Doping Code 
  • Protecting against corruption – fraud, bribery, bid rigging and other dishonest behaviours intended to achieve personal gain
  • Protecting against match-fixing – action to inappropriately predetermine the result of a match, or part of a match, for gambling purposes.

Proactive information release

The Cabinet Paper and Cabinet Minute for the release of the Sport Integrity Review Consultation paper is available now. 

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