Gymnastics New Zealand (GNZ) has been made aware of a wide range of complaints that detail, specific and general incidents of inappropriate practices and others that outline serious misconduct and or abuse.
The Board of GNZ has determined that given the wide range of these complaints, it is in the best interests of our community of athletes, coaches, parents, and participants that an independent review be conducted.
The independent review initiated by GNZ operates independently of the ICM process of Dyhrberg Drayton Employment Law (DDEL). The independent reviewer will have access to data and information gathered through the ICM process with the consent of complainants/participants.
These two processes will allow the Reviewer to develop a holistic a view of GNZ’s sporting culture and its impact/influence on its past and present participants and members.
As such, the overriding objectives of this review are to:
Allow the Reviewer to develop a holistic view of GNZ’s sporting culture and its impact/influence on its past and present participants and members, from which the review will identify and develop:
(a) Lessons that can be learned by GNZ and our community arising out of the review; and
(b) Recommendations as to GNZ’s policies, procedures, processes, education, and behaviours within the community and GNZ that can be improved or implemented to improve our culture and eliminate the identified poor practices, processes and behaviour.
The approach to be taken is outlined below:
To facilitate the receipt of information that individuals may believe is relevant to the independent Review, but is not a complaint, a dedicated email address – firstname.lastname@example.org - will be advertised via the GNZ website.
Interim Complaints Mechanism
Separate to this Review, is the complaints handling process being managed by the Interim Complaints Mechanism (ICM). The ICM is an independent service put in place by Sport NZ (SNZ) and High Performance Sport New Zealand (HPSNZ) for High Performance athletes, which has been expanded to include complaints relating to Gymnastics.
Given the number and potential nature of the complaints, GNZ has supported that complaints will be processed via the ICM. The ICM process ensures a high level of independence and oversight, ensuring complaints are handled with the levels of sensitivity and oversight as required in the ICM process.
If any new or further relevant complaints are received during the period of this Review, then they must be referred to the ICM.
Any information provided to the Reviewer in confidence will be kept confidential, so far as the law allows. The Review will be conducted in a manner consistent with the principles of natural justice, confidentiality, security, and information protection.
GNZ will make sure that no person who takes part in the Review will be subjected to retaliation or retaliatory action and will take all necessary measures to ensure the protection of anyone who cooperates, in good faith, with the Reviewer. As part of this, statements or written complaints will not be provided to any individuals outside of those who are required to sight them as part of this Review.
The existence of the Review, and these Terms of Reference, will be publicly available on both the GNZ and Sport NZ websites. After finalisation of the Independent Reviewer’s report, the report will be published.
The Reviewer will begin the Review as soon as possible, with the aim that the report will be completed within two months. On completion, the report will be provided to the Chair of Gymnastics NZ.