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Martin to chair new sport integrity body

Deputy State Services Commissioner, Doug Martin, will head up New Zealand’s new independent sport and recreation entity, announced today by Minister Grant Robertson.

Mr Robertson said the entity will be tasked to strengthen and protect the integrity of New Zealand’s sport and recreation system, as well as to implement a National Code of Sport Integrity.

“Protecting and enhancing integrity in sport and recreation is a key priority for me as Sport and Recreation Minister, and this new entity is a step in the right direction,” Mr Robertson said.

The next phase of work on the scope of the new entity and the development of the Code will involve further consultation with the sector, which will be undertaken by an independent Integrity Transition Committee.

Committee chair, former Deputy State Services Commissioner, Doug Martin (pictured), will be joined by six other committee members – Don Mackinnon and DFSNZ Chairperson Tim Castle, with Alexis Pritchard, Tim Castle, Dean Murphy, Traci Houpapa and Sarah Murray.

Rebecca Rolls, who has stepped away from her Diversity and Inclusion Manager role with Sport NZ, will work alongside the committee as Integrity Transition Director following an external recruitment process.

Setting up the entity will also require legislation which is planned to be introduced early next year with the intention that the new entity is established in 2024, said Minister Robertson.

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