It is important that everyone within our sector continues to work hard to maintain the safety and integrity of play, active recreation and sport in Aotearoa New Zealand. This includes responding to new and evolving challenges, and keeping abreast of the latest legislation, international developments and societal changes.
Sport NZ is a crown agency established under the Sport and Recreation Act 2002. Our functions as outlined in the Act include, but are not limited to:
- develop and implement national policies and strategies for physical recreation and sport;
- provide advice and support for organisations working in physical recreation and sport at national, regional, and local levels; and
- facilitate the resolution of disputes between persons or organisations involved in physical recreation and sport.
Sport NZ is leading the implementation of a new world-class integrity framework comprising of comprehensive safeguarding and protection measures – some which aim to prevent issues arising, and others which enable issues and disputes to be quickly and successfully resolved.
This new framework builds on earlier steps taken over many years. It also involves us working closely with others who also have a role to play in maintain integrity. This includes Drug Free Sport NZ and the Sports Tribunal of NZ – both of whom, like Sport NZ, were created under Acts of Parliament, as well as individual sport and recreation bodies, High Performance Sport NZ, Paralympics NZ, the NZ Olympic Committee, the NZ Police and the Human Rights Commission.
Some of the key steps taken in working towards the formation of our new integrity framework and associated safeguarding and protection measures include:
Drug Free Sport NZ (1994)
Drug Free Sport NZ (DFSNZ) is a crown entity established under the New Zealand Sports and Drug Agency Act 1994. This was replaced by the Sports Anti-Doping Act 2006.
The act charges DFSNZ with the responsibility to implement and apply the World Anti-Doping Code in New Zealand. DFSNZ is funded by the New Zealand Government and is accountable to the Minister for Sport and Recreation and the New Zealand Government.
The Sports Tribunal of New Zealand (2003)
The Sports Tribunal was established in 2003 by the Board of Sport New Zealand (then SPARC). It is an independent body that determines certain types of disputes for the sports sector. These are set out in the Sports Anti-Doping Act 2006, with the main types of disputes being:
- Anti-doping violations
- Appeals against decisions of National Sport Organisations or the New Zealand Olympic Committee, mostly in relation to disciplinary or selection decisions
- Other sports related disputes referred by agreement of all the parties
- Supporting diversity
Crimes (Match-fixing) Amendment Act (2014)
Passed ahead of Aotearoa New Zealand’s hosting of the Cricket World Cup and FIFA Under 20 World Cup in 2015, this Act enables criminal sanctions to be available to address match-fixing in Aotearoa New Zealand. It is not designed to capture every form of match-fixing activity, but rather to address the most serious of match-fixing activity where influencing a better outcome is intended by improperly manipulating a sporting match or race.
Sport NZ Integrity Framework (2016)
Sport NZ first introduced an Integrity Framework in 2016 to support the sector in taking a consistent approach to a wide range of issues that can compromise the integrity of sport. It provided a summary of the issues and offered advice and resources for use by partners and others. The framework covered seven areas of integrity:
- Player welfare
- Member protection
- Child protection
Sport NZ Integrity Review (2018)
In its role as a kaitiaki of the play active recreation and sport system, and to ensure the policies, systems, tools and resources within the integrity framework were world-class and reflective of current challenges, Sport NZ undertook a comprehensive integrity review in 2018. This involved extensive consultation with partners, other sector stakeholders and the general public.
The resulting report, published in 2019, outlined 22 recommendations, which Sport NZ then began to implement. The extensive nature of the review itself was reflected in the comprehensive and bold 22 associated recommendations. Together they form a world-class, holistic response for ensure the play, active recreation and sport system in Aotearoa is safe, trusted and inclusive.
New Integrity Framework (2020)
Sport NZ’s 2016 Integrity Framework was refreshed off the back of publishing of the review findings and associated recommendations in 2019. Published on 16 October 2020, our new Integrity Framework comprises comprehensive safeguarding and protection measures for the whole system. Some of these aim to prevent issues arising, and others which enable issues and disputes to be quickly and successfully resolved.
Introduction of Quarterly Online Reporting (2020)
Sport NZ will continue its work in responding to the 22 recommendations outlined in the Sport Integrity Review Report. From November 2020, we will publish a quarterly online report which shows progress against each of these 22 recommendations to provide full transparency around our progress towards creating a world-class framework of integrity measures to protect sport and recreation in Aotearoa New Zealand.
High Performance Sport NZ 2020-24 Strategy (2020)
Later this year, High Performance Sport NZ will launch its new four-year strategy. This has been shaped in no small way by the 2032 HP System Strategy and will include a number of new athlete wellbeing initiatives. The learnings from recent High Performance Sport reviews (Heron, Muir, Dew) have informed this new strategy as has the 2032 High Performance System Strategy which involved extensive input from people within the sector.