Sports Integrity Review from Sport NZ

Sport NZ is conducting a sport integrity review throughout New Zealand across many sports codes.

Basketball has been included in this process and are looking for submissions from across the grades.

The more feedback they have the better they can steer the future of sport in NZ.

Full details below


Dear [Name]


Recently we have announced public consultation for a broad review of sport integrity in New Zealand.


While New Zealand has various initiatives in place to protect and promote the integrity of sport, the current environment has prompted Sport NZ to undertake an integrity review to determine whether these measures are sufficient. We are seeking public submissions on a discussion document to help us better understand the size of the risks and problems with sport integrity.


The review considers five specific areas:


  • Member protection – ensuring those involved in sport are not subject to harassment, bullying and abuse, and are physically and mentally safe
  • Integrity issues in children’s sport – ensuring children involved in sport are protected from abuse and that the focus is on enjoyment rather than 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 by manipulating an outcome
  • Protecting against match-fixing – action to inappropriately predetermine the result of a match, or part of a match, for gambling purposes.


It also considers some overarching themes that cut across multiple areas of sport integrity, namely: organisational culture, whistleblowing and the institutional arrangements for sport integrity in New Zealand.


The review is being conducted over two phases. The first phase will assess the current environment, identify priority areas where existing policies and protections may be insufficient, and gather evidence to support future interventions. Phase two will develop solutions to problems within these priority areas.


We would like your input to help with phase one. Given the very broad nature of the issues covered, we are inviting submissions from anyone with an interest in any of the review topics. Your input would be invaluable to help us draw a full picture of the current sport integrity landscape in New Zealand.


It's important we get a good range of submissions, from elite to grassroots. Therefore, it would also be helpful if you could encourage your networks to make a submission, and ask them to encourage people in their networks to submit. If Sport NZ can help with this, e.g. by providing content for social media or a newsletter, please let us know as we are more than happy to help you get the word out.


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.


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