Most Read Contributor in New Zealand, September 2016
The Crimes (Match-fixing) Amendment Bill, introduced
this week, clarifies that match-fixing to influence a betting
outcome - rather than for tactical sporting reasons - is a crime in
Responsibility for addressing less serious types of
match-fixing will lie primarily with national sports organisations
which, under a new
policy developed by Sport New Zealand, are expected to
implement rules to address the issue.
The Bill would amend the Crimes Act 1961 to bring serious
match-fixing expressly within the existing offence of
'obtaining by deception or causing loss by deception'
– punishment for which can include a term of up to seven
Certain match-fixing activity may already be caught by a range
of other offences in both the Crimes Act and Secret Commissions Act
so one effect of the Bill is to clarify the legal position.
The Explanatory Note on the Bill explains that the proposed
changes, which are planned to come into force on 15 December 2014,
will help to address risks presented by our upcoming hosting of the
Cricket World Cup and the FIFA Under 20 (football) World Cup.
If the Bill is implemented in its current form, New Zealand
authorities could not prosecute for match-fixing undertaken wholly
outside of New Zealand.
How effective will the change be?
The change is an obvious one, given that the Australian Crime
Commission has identified that organised crime (including sports
betting) is moving into Australasia.
It seems highly unlikely that New Zealand authorities will be
able to identify and prosecute off-shore crime syndicates so the
new law is likely to catch only the sportspeople involved. But,
without the cooperation of the players, the syndicates will be
The Sport New Zealand policy indicates the legal framework will
be supplemented by a more collaborative approach between industry
and government to addressing match-fixing.
More anti-bribery and corruption law changes on the
The Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Legislation Bill is
expected to be introduced to Parliament later this year. Its
purpose is to strengthen New Zealand's anti-bribery and
corruption laws generally, and it should reflect the
recommendations for legislative change contained in the OECD's
report on New Zealand's implementation of the OECD
The information in this article is for informative purposes
only and should not be relied on as legal advice. Please contact
Chapman Tripp for advice tailored to your situation.
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