Stronger Integrity Regulation For New Zealand

Published
14/05/2015


The New Zealand Olympic Committee has strengthened its framework and policies in the drive to ensure the rights of clean athletes and competitions are protected.

Discussed at the organisation’s general assembly today, CEO Kereyn Smith said the new Integrity Regulation is another step towards ensuring the highest standards of integrity are maintained in the New Zealand sporting system.

“Our aim is to work with international and national bodies to provide a coordinated approach to integrity issues. Our new integrity framework includes anti-doping, match-fixing, betting and corruption, and support staff regulations as well as a new Code of Ethics for New Zealand Olympic Committee employees and appointed personnel, including the Games team support staff. ”

The new regulations are in line with the new WADA code, Sport NZ’s integrity policies and steps by the IOC to ensure the athlete entourage is also engaged in the protection of athletes. The code of ethics will ensure New Zealand Olympic Committee personnel are also playing a role in integrity in sport.

“We will now require National Sporting Organisations to develop rules or policies to combat illegal sport betting as well as have processes in place for the protection of whistle blowers and a disciplinary process,” said Smith. “This is consistent with Sport NZ policy and means all sports with athletes competing at the Rio Olympic Games will be accountable in the fight against irregular sports betting. ”

The Games Team Support Staff agreements will add further protection for athletes and sport in matters from doping to discrimination and unsporting behaviour.

Changes to the New Zealand Olympic Committee constitution were also endorsed by the membership which will see closer ties between the organisation and the Olympians Club, a more transparent process for the rotation of board members every four years and a more tailored approach to managing disputes and appeals.

2014 ANNUAL REPORT

The New Zealand Olympic Committee provided the New Zealand Olympic Committee membership with the 2014 Annual Report.

President Mike Stanley told the membership that 2014 had been a significant year for the New Zealand Olympic Committee. Three major games were successfully delivered, the organisation moved to the new Olympic House in Parnell and consolidated staff in Auckland and also strengthening resources in areas including selection, international and domestic advocacy, education and the Athletes' Commission.

“These are big ticket items for any organisation,” said Stanley. “The commitment, focus and drive required to achieve these within a single year had been significant.”

“The delivery of Glasgow Commonwealth Games, the Sochi Olympic Winter Games and the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games was outstanding,” he continued.

“99% of our stakeholders said that the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Team was effectively led, 86% of athletes said the team environment added value to their performance and 99% said they were proud to be part of the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team. Similar results were seen throughout the Nanjing and Sochi teams.

“100% of our stakeholders said they believe the New Zealand Olympic Committee delivers value to New Zealand sport and we are determined that this continues into the future.”

The New Zealand Olympic Committee returned a deficit of $963k which was within budgeted expectations.

“This figure highlights the impact of the expenses incurred with the delivery of the three games in 2014 and the need to secure resources ahead of Rio 2016.

Income increased to $8.9M in 2014, an increase of $4.5M attributable to Games income and additional support from commercial partners. Expenses also significantly increased in 2014 to $9.9M up $5.7M due to investment in the delivery of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Funding from High Performance Sport NZ rose to a total of $1.5M during 2014 (17%). This amount varies by year and in 2014 accounted for 17% of revenue. The New Zealand Olympic Committee thanks its commercial and other funding partners for their support. These partners contribute 37% of New Zealand Olympic Committee annual revenue. The New Zealand Olympic Committee distributed $576,438 to sports and athletes through Olympic Solidarity.

Please click here for a copy of the New Zealand Olympic Committee Annual Report 2014