New Zealand's major sporting organisations have made a commitment to establishing a framework for diversity and inclusion within the individual organisations.
New Zealand Rugby, Cricket, Football, Rugby League, Netball, and Hockey have come together in Auckland today to launch the initiative known as 'sport for everyone'.
A programme of agreed areas of focus need to be completed by the end of this year with the sports aiming to have a broader representation of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and ability.
In welcoming the initiative, Sport New Zealand CEO, Peter Miskimmin said; "Sport is part of who we are as Kiwis, and we're very good at it.
"Our participation rates are among the highest in the world and we produce more than our fair share of winners on the world stage.
That love of sport provides many benefits to individuals, to communities and to our society, so it's important we protect sport from anything that undermines its integrity.
"We probably all recognise the threat of things like corruption, match-fixing and doping, but just as important are things like sideline behaviour, protection of children in sport, good governance and, the focus today, ensuring sport is inclusive."