16 Apr 2021

Sport NZ review panel named

5:44 pm on 16 April 2021

An eight member advisory group has appointed to review the governance and structure of Sport New Zealand and High Performance Sport NZ.

The review of the organisations was announced in February.

The panel will be headed by lawyer and former Director General of the World Anti-Doping Agency David Howman.

Raelene Castle Sport NZ Chief Executive.

Raelene Castle Sport NZ Chief Executive. Photo: Photosport

The purpose of the Review is to recommend a fit-for-purpose governance, structural and operating model.

An independent agency, appointed by Sport NZ, will provide options for consideration by the advisory group, leading to recommendations around preferred approaches for the future.

The Sport NZ and HPSNZ boards will decide on any final recommendation.

"We operate inside a sector that is changing, partly due to COVID-19, but also because of the inevitable shift that occurs as we chart a pathway to the future," said Sport NZ Chief Executive Raelene Castle.

Castle will soon take over as acting CEO of High Performance Sport NZ following the upcoming departure of Michael Scott.

She acknowledges the review begins at the height of an Olympic and Paralympic cycle but says those preparations remain a top priority.

The review is expected to take six months.