Retaliation and victimisation

You, your family, friends and whānau are protected if you complain to the Commission.

Complaining, or telling us about something you’ve seen or experienced, is ok and encouraged. A person or organisation treating you badly or unfairly because you’ve complained is not ok. And, in some cases, it’s against the law.

What is unfair treatment

Examples of unfair treatment because you make or plan to make a complaint, or give or plan to give us information includes:

  • being dropped from or not selected for a team

  • being left out of activities you’re usually included in

  • publishing or disclosing private information about you or your complaint.

Unfair treatment also includes a person or organisation threatening to do these things.

Unfair treatment is not allowed

You may feel scared or worried about what might happen when you make a complaint, especially if it’s serious.

But unfair treatment – called retaliation or victimisation – must not happen because you complain to the Commission. The same applies if you give us information to help with an investigation.

Retaliation

Sport and recreation organisations must not retaliate, or threaten to retaliate, because you:

  • make or plan to make a complaint to us

  • give or plan to give us information to help with an investigation we are carrying out.

Victimisation

A person must not treat you badly or unfairly because you or your friends, family, whānau or associates:

  • make or plan to make a complaint to us

  • give or plan to give us information to help with an investigation

  • encourage someone else to make a complaint or help with an investigation we are carrying out

  • give us information to support or is about a complaint made by someone else.

Your friends, family, whānau or associates are also protected if you take or plan to take any of these actions.

Report an incident or make a complaint

Call the police on 105 to report an incident or call 111 if it’s an emergency.

We encourage you to report an incident or make complaint using our free and independent service. When you make a complaint, it can be to more than one person or place.

Make a complaint

Te Kāhui Tika Tangata Human Rights Commission also offers information and support, and has a dispute resolution process for complaints about about victimisation.

Making a complaint – tikatangata.org.nz