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Integrity Working Group


In response to the 2018 Sport Integrity Review, an independent Integrity Working Group (IWG) was set up with the purpose to evaluate a range of options and recommend to the Sport NZ Board and Minister of Sport and Recreation, the most appropriate institutional arrangement(s)/structure(s) to manage all the various integrity elements across the system and accommodate the 22 recommendations from the Integrity Review once implemented. This work is now completed and the IWG report and recommendations have been provided to the Minister for Sport and Recreation. Thank you to the IWG for their work engaging with the sector and producing this report. 

The Minister for Sport and Recreation announced on 14 June that an independent body to strengthen and protect the integrity of the sport and recreation system is being established. 

Drug Free Sport NZ will be folded into the new entity along with some of the integrity functions currently performed by Sport NZ, including the recently established independent Sport and Recreation Complaints and Mediation Service. The new body will also be responsible for implementing a National Code of Sport Integrity. 

The next phase of work on the scope of the new entity and the development of the Code will involve further consultation with the sector, which will be undertaken by an independent Integrity Transition Committee. The Committee will be chaired by former Deputy State Services Commissioner Doug Martin. 

Setting up the entity will also require legislation, which is planned to be introduced early next year with the intention that the new entity is established in 2024. 

Detail on this Committee, its membership and the work programme will be outlined on their website shortly.

Integrity Working Group Members
  • Don Mackinnon - Chair

    Don is an employment lawyer at City Chambers and has practised in this area for approximately 30 years. Don was previously a founding partner of SBM Legal and before then was a partner at Simpson Grierson for 10 years, the last three years as Head of Litigation. He is also the Chair of the Blues and the World Athletics Integrity Vetting Panel and recently retired as a director of NZ Cricket. Don has previously served as a director of Sport NZ, High Performance Sport NZ and was Chair of Netball NZ.

  • Joe Hitchcock

    Joe is the CEO of Badminton NZ and has worked in regional and national leadership roles in both the NZ and Canadian sport sectors. His professional roles have been complemented throughout his career as a volunteer, coach, athlete advocate and as a champion of community sport and recreation. Joe has a track record of leading impact and change in the sports industry with a Masters in Sport Management from Massey University.

  • Josh Tabor

    Josh is the CEO of SCOUTS New Zealand. Josh has a PhD in leadership studies, and significant senior management experience, including with New Zealand Police as Director, Organisational Development responsible for delivering New Zealand Police’s cultural and workforce initiative. Josh has worked previously with the State Services Commission and Wellington City Council in the area of strategic human resource management.

  • Maria Clarke

    Maria Clarke is a highly experienced sports lawyer based in New Zealand, specialising in legal and advisory work for local and global sporting bodies, in sports governance, sports integrity, organisational structures and change management. Since 2016, she has been an integral part of international efforts to implement change and clean up world sport at the highest levels including advising World Athletics, World Sailing and the International Paralympic Committee.

    Internationally recognised as being at the top of her game, Maria has held a wide range of chair, board member, director and advisory roles, in New Zealand and around the globe including as Chair of the World Athletics Working Group for Governance and Integrity Reform; Chair World Athletics Human Rights Working Group; Member of the WADA Working Group on Governance Reforms; Member of the International Partnership Against Corruption in Sport, Taskforce 3 on Good Governance to Mitigate the Risk of Corruption in Sport; Chair of the World Sailing Governance Commission, Vice-Chair of the International Paralympic Committee Governance Review Working Group; Member of the IOC Marketing Commission; Member of the IOC Sport & Law Commission; Member of the Association of National Olympic Committees Legal Commission; Chair of the World Athletics Legal Commission; Board member of the NZ Olympic Committee; Board member of Netball New Zealand; and member of the NZ Olympic Committee's Integrity Committee. Maria is also a long-standing member of the Australian and New Zealand Sports Law Association.

    Maria has practised in both New Zealand and Australia and over her 30 years in the law, has advised numerous national federations, regional/state bodies, clubs and elite athletes across over 50+ different sports on a wide range of sports law matters including anti-doping, selection disputes, child protection, sports integrity matters, disciplinary matters, and governance including major constitution and organisational change.

  • David Tse

    David is on the Board of Aktive, Auckland’s Sport & Recreation Trust. He is described as a strategic thinker in the field of digital innovation, gleaned from over 30 years in senior management, sales and marketing positions in the technology sector.

    Currently the Director Sales and Marketing for Jade Software, he sits on their Senior Leadership Group responsible for Jade’s overall sales, marketing and communications strategies. Prior to Jade he held senior management roles at NEC, Spark, IBM, Oracle, Sun Microsystems and StorageTek.

    David is also an Advisory Board member of The Superdiversity Institute and NZ Asian Leaders, and a member of the NZ Institute of Directors, NZTech and numerous other technology and Chinese Associations and Communities including the NZ Chinese Association and Future Dragonz.

  • Ben Sandford

    Ben is a former Skeleton racer and three-time Olympian representing New Zealand. He has been an athlete representative at the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) since 2012 and became the chair of the WADA Athlete Committee in 2019. He has been a member of the New Zealand Olympic Committee Athlete Commission since 2008.

    Ben was the Skeleton athlete representative to the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) from 2006-2014 and the Vice President of legal affairs at the IBSF from 2014-2018. Ben is a solicitor at Sandford & Partners Lawyers in Rotorua and has a Master’s Degree in International Sports Law through ISDE in Spain.

  • Maddi McLean

    Maddi is the Participation Programmes Coordinator at Golf New Zealand and a Board Trustee for the Shift Foundation. Maddi spent two years on the Sport New Zealand Graduate programme, during which she spent six months working at Athletics New Zealand and six months at Sport Waikato. Maddi was a national Age Group hockey representative and graduated from the University of Otago with a Bachelor of Physical Education.

  • Jackie Barron

    Jackie is a well-known sports administrator. She was the manager of Black Ferns when they won the 2002 Women’s Rugby World Cup and the Manager of the Silver Ferns between 2005 – 2009. Between 2013 and 2018 she was a Director of Sport NZ and in 2019, she was elected to New Zealand Football’s executive committee.

    Jackie has also held several senior leadership positions at New Zealand high schools. She is currently the principal of St Hilda’s Collegiate School in Dunedin, a position she has held since 2015.

  • Ralph Elika

    Ralph is a Director of Elika Consulting Group has a passion for people and through his foreign affairs work with the Pacific Cooperation Foundation attends global leadership summits. Ralph previously worked as a solicitor for a boutique commercial law firm in Auckland and has extensive sports management experience working with international sporting bodies and grassroots community groups.

    Ralph’s current trusteeships include the Association of Emerging Leaders Dialogues International, Liston College and Commonwealth Study Conferences, an NZ Charitable Trust. Facilitating a round table discussion with a cross section of Pacific leaders and the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres is a notable example of one of Ralph’s many significant distinctions in leadership.

  • Rebecca Rolls

    Rebecca has a background in the New Zealand Police spanned 10 years, seven of those spent as a Detective in the CIB working a wide range of squads and 10 years at the Serious Fraud office, where she ran a cross-sector anti-corruption work programme. Rebecca is also retired international athlete, having represented New Zealand in both Cricket and Football. She remains an active member of the New Zealand sports community as a coach, a graduating member of the 2020 WSLA programme and a newly appointed Director of New Zealand Cricket.

  • Julie Morrison (Sport NZ Group representative)

    Julie is the General Manager, Strategy, Policy and Corporate at Sport NZ. Julie previously worked at Te Puni Kōkiri, where she held the position of Deputy Secretary, Support Services, and earlier Group Manager, Finance. She is a chartered accountant with an auditing, finance and management background, predominantly within central government. Julie has played both age-grade and senior representative netball for Hawke's Bay, Manawatu and Wellington.

  • Steph Bond

    Steph is the Executive Manager of the Netball New Zealand Players Association, legal counsel at the New Zealand Rugby Players Association and a board member at Auckland Netball Centre. Steph is a solicitor and has previously worked at Russell McVeagh and Maria Clarke Lawyers. Steph is a former netball player and played in the ANZ Championship representing the Northern Mystics.

  • Henry Moore

    Henry is Legal Counsel and Player Services Manager at the New Zealand Cricket Players Association. Henry has extensive experience in professional sport with responsibility for resolving player issues, negotiating collective agreements, resolving integrity matters, establishing integrity education and crisis management plans. Henry has also been responsible for establishing and facilitating nationwide player conferences for professional sportspeople. Henry also has several years’ experience in commercial property law with Russell McVeagh.

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