Sport NZ has announced a set of integrity initiatives to ensure sport and recreation remain safe, fair and inclusive for all New Zealanders, from grassroots to elite. The new initiatives are among the 22 recommendations from Sport NZ’s 2019 Sport Integrity Report, which followed a major review involving extensive sector and public consultation.
The new measures being put in place by Sport NZ are:
- An independent Sport and Recreation Mediation Service for the escalation and resolution of issues from elite to grassroots
- A community guidance portal on Sport NZ’s website for those at all levels of the sector, featuring free policies, guidelines and training modules on topics such as child protection, safeguarding, preventing discrimination, competition manipulation and member protection
- An independent Integrity Working Group, chaired by sports lawyer Don Mackinnon, to look at how New Zealand’s recreation and sport integrity institutional arrangements might be streamlined or improved for the future.
“What we have launched today constitutes a robust and appropriate set of complementary initiatives to support the sector in creating environments and experiences that are safe, fair and inclusive for all New Zealanders. With a genuine collective effort, we hope to see meaningful and sustainable gains across all levels of play, active recreation and sport,” says Jennah Wootten, General Manager – Partnerships & Communications at Sport NZ.
“These new initiatives work together. The online resources will build awareness and capability at all levels of our sector, the Sport and Recreation Mediation Service provides an independent way to escalate issues if they arise and in the working group we have independent experts who can help us identify how all these measures can be housed into the future for maximum effectiveness.”