The Crimes (Match-fixing) Amendment Bill has recently passed its first reading in Parliament with unanimous support.
The Bill is designed to protect the integrity of New Zealand sport by clarifying the legal position and establishing criminal sanctions.
Certain types of match-fixing behaviour may already fall within the ambit of certain sections of the Crimes Act and Secret Commissions Act. However, the Bill will bring serious match-fixing activities expressly within the offence of ‘obtaining by deception or causing loss by deception’. This crime would be punishable by up to seven years imprisonment.
The Bill is planned to come into force on 15 December 2014, before New Zealand’s hosting of next year’s Cricket World Cup and FIFA U20 World Cup.