The new Commission will be an independent Crown entity once up and running in 2024, with a single broad policy to strengthen and protect the integrity of New Zealand’s sport and recreation sector. The new role will effectively subsume Tim’s role as one of the members (and since 2020, the Chair) of Drug Free Sport New Zealand, as this organisation will be disestablished, and its anti-doping functions transferred to the new Commission.

In the meantime, Tim has been reappointed as member and chair of Drug Free Sport New Zealand until the new Commission comes into existence.

Tim commented to Minister for Sport and Recreation, Hon Grant Robertson, in his acceptance letter that he, Tim, will have had the privilege of membership of Drug Free Sport New Zealand for nine years, but participation in the whole area as long ago as 1994 as a member of the Ministerial Advisory Committee assisting the Government of the Day on New Zealand’s anticipated support for the World Ant-Doping Authority (WADA).

Minister Robertson’s speech on the Third reading of the Bill which when enacted will create the new commission is available here.