Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Police prepare for new era in New Zealand sport

Police prepare for new era in New Zealand sport

Two senior members of the ICC Anti-corruption Unit visited New Zealand last week as part of police’s preparation for the introduction of the Crimes (Match-fixing) Amendment Bill.

Martin Vertigen and John Rhodes briefed senior police officers from around the country about the anti-corruption unit and how it works to protect the integrity of international cricket.

The government hopes to pass the Crimes (Match-fixing) Amendment Bill in December to help address match-fixing risks, including any presented byNew Zealand’s upcoming hosting of the Cricket World Cup and the FIFA Under 20 (football) World Cup in 2015.

Spt.

Sandra Manderson, National Operation Commander for Cricket World Cup 2015 and the FIFA Under-20 World Cup, said the Bill will open a new frontier for policing in New Zealand.

“Police will now have greater powers to investigate corruption in sport in the same way that we investigate other criminal activity,” Spt.

Manderson said.

“Investigators from around the country are under-going specialist training and we already have operational guidelines in place to support the legislation.”

In August Police and Customs conducted a live exercise at Auckland International Airport to test the ability of staff to deal with potential match-fixers trying to enter the country.

Multiple trans-tasman working groups have also been set up to facilitate communication between Australian and New Zealand security and law enforcement agencies.

“We are building up a strong intelligence picture in preparation for Cricket World Cup,” Spt.

Manderson said.

“This will help us identify persons of interest before they arrive in New Zealand.”

Spt.

Manderson said dealing with domestic corruption in sport will require co-operation from multiple agencies and support from the players themselves. An inter-agency group has been set up to help achieve this, led by Sport NZ.

The Crimes (Match-fixing) Amendment Bill is part of a package of measures introduced by the government to help preserve and foster the integrity of sport. Other measures include the introduction of the / //New Zealand Policy on Sports Match-Fixing and Related Corruption/ and the development of
education resources.

Heath Mills, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Cricket Players’ Association said that the sporting community can’t wait for the new legislation to come into effect.

“This new legislation will definitely help in protecting our local and international athletes and assist in the broader fight against match fixing.

This blight on sport worldwide is masterminded by international criminal organisations and will only be solved by the active engagement of government and police agencies around the world.

It’s good to see New Zealand is playing its part with the introduction of this new legislation.” Mr Mills said.

“Importantly, we believe this is a crucial step in maintaining the reputation and integrity of sport in New Zealand.

The Players’ Associations are looking forward to working with the government, Sport NZ, the Police and other partner agencies to make this legislation work and to put in place expert education programmes that help to protect our athletes wherever they might be plying their trade around the
world.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

BPS HYEFU WYSIWYG: Labour's Budget Plans, Families Package

“The BPS and the Treasury’s Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update show we can deliver our promises while running sustainable surpluses and paying down debt...

“Today we are announcing the full details of the Government’s Families Package. This is paid for by rejecting National’s tax cuts and instead targeting spending at those who need it most. It will lift 88,000 children out of poverty by 2021." More>>

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Defence Spending, Alabama, And Dolly Parton

The spending lavished on Defence projects to meet the risks that could maybe, possibly, theoretically face New Zealand in future is breath-taking, given how successive governments have been reluctant to spend even a fraction of those amounts on the nation’s actual social needs. More>>

ALSO:

Members' Bills: End Of Life Choice Bill Passes First Reading

The End of Life Choice Bill in the name of David Seymour has been sent to a select committee for consideration by 76 votes to 44. It is the third time Parliament has voted on the issue in recent decades and the first time such a Bill has made it over the first hurdle. More>>

ALSO:

State Sector: MPI Survives Defrag Of Portfolios

The Ministry for Primary Industries will not be split under the new government, but will instead serve as an overarching body for four portfolio-based entities focused on fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Vulnerable Kids, RNZ Funding, And Poppy

The decision to remove the word ‘vulnerable’ from the Ministry for Vulnerable Children could well mark a whole shift in approach to the care of children in need... More>>

ALSO:

Principals' Federation: End Of National Standards

Today the Minister of Education announced that the Government has stopped the controversial National Standards system of assessment and declared them an arbitrary measure which did not raise children's achievement as the previous Government intended. More>>

ALSO:

Public Good: People’s Report On Public Broadcasting And Media Presented

The People’s Commission on Public Broadcasting and Media, was crowdfunded and was informed by an extensive consultation, seeking the views of both those working in Media as well as gathering input both online and in person from ordinary Citizens. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages