New standalone integrity unit for sport

An independent body is to be established to strengthen and protect the integrity of the sports and leisure system.

“Over the years there have been a number of reports across different sports where athletes, from elite to grassroots football, have been let down by the system in one way or another.

“Protecting and enhancing integrity in sport and leisure is my top priority as Secretary of Sport and Leisure and this new entity is a step in the right direction,” said Grant Robertson.

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

“Currently there are several institutions and organizations that play a role in integrity. The Integrity Working Group recommended that an independent body would allow for a simpler, more accessible and participatory approach.

“Both Drug Free Sport NZ and Sport NZ have a role to play in protecting the integrity of sport. It is important that the new entity retains this expertise and the functions performed by these two organizations and expands the capacity,” said Grant Robertson.

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

Other members of the seven-member committee include Don Mackinnon and DFSNZ Chairman Tim Castle, with Alexis Pritchard, Tim Castle, Dean Murphy, Traci Houpapa and Sarah Murray. Rebecca Rolls, who has stepped down from her role as Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Sport NZ, will join the committee as Integrity Transition Director following an outside recruitment process.

The formation of the company also requires legislation, which is planned to be introduced early next year, with the intention of the new company being incorporated in 2024.

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