On Monday 25thAugust, Hockey New Zealand shared the key findings of the review of the Black Sticks Women’s team environment. Hockey New Zealand provided the following information to One News on the 27thFeb and Magic Radio on the 28thFeb with Peter Williams. This information is being clarified in response to certain questions that we have been asked.
Regarding the confidentiality of the review findings
Mike Bignell states “Participants in the review were interviewed confidentially and on the condition of anonymity. This was critical to allow participants to speak openly about their experiences while protecting the privacy of all individuals.
These Terms of Reference of the review were agreed with the Hockey Players’ Association and High Performance Sport New Zealand.
Hockey New Zealand needs to ensure it meets its obligations under the Privacy Act, protecting the employment rights of our employees (including our players).
However, we do welcome the opportunity to meet confidentially with anyone who believes their concerns are not being addressed.”
Regarding examples of the behaviours
There is one other point we wish to clarify from Monday’s media conference.
The report provided by Maria Dew QC very clearly sets out examples of the behaviours described by players who were interviewed. These matters were reported in the review. However the incidents were not intended to be the subject of an employment investigation.