Have Your Say: Sport Integrity Review

30 October 2018

We’re seeking submissions on a discussion document to help us understand the size and nature of any risks and issues with sport integrity in New Zealand. Find out how to have your say below.


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 gold, 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. Sport NZ is seeking your input to help us understand the sport integrity landscape in New Zealand.

We want your submission on a discussion document

Read the discussion document

Read the discussion document summary

We are interested in your views on some 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.

How to make a submission

There are three ways you can submit:

Sport Integrity Review
PO Box 2251
Wellington 6140
New Zealand

The consultation period closes at 5pm on Tuesday, 11 December 2018.

Your submission will help us understand the size and nature of any risks and issues relating to sport integrity in New Zealand. When Sport NZ has analysed the submissions it receives it will recommend priority areas for further work to the Sport NZ Board.

Information for submitters

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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