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Peo­ple con­victed of sports match-fix­ing now face up to seven years in prison un­der new leg­is­la­tion. Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Jonathan Cole­man says match-fix­ing is a grow­ing prob­lem in­ter­na­tion­ally and is the num­ber one threat to the in­tegrity, value and growth of sport. ‘‘In New Zealand, we are not im­mune to this grow­ing threat.’’ The Crimes (Match-fix­ing) Amend­ment Bill is ef­fec­tive from De­cem­ber 15, in time for the Cricket World Cup next year.

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