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NZ Racing – In Serious State Of Decline

Government steps in

New Zealand racing minister Winston Peters says the Government will introduce two new pieces of legislation this year to revitalise the domestic racing industry.

Cabinet this week considered its response to the ‘Messara Review of the Racing Industry’ as well as advice from the Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on Racing.

“The New Zealand racing industry is in a state of serious decline,” Peters said. “The Coalition Government supports the overall intent of the Messara Report and is committed to reforms. We know we have the grass, the race animals, and the people to help the industry achieve its potential.

“As a result, Cabinet has agreed to a stepped approach with the introduction of two bills to amend the Racing Act 2003.”

The first bill, due to be enacted by July 1, will put into immediate effect a transitional governance arrangement.

This bill proposes the New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) be reconstituted as the Racing Industry Transitional Authority (RITA) to drive the transition of the industry.

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11 comments on “NZ Racing – In Serious State Of Decline

  1. Ian Jayes says:

    The young people of today do not like animals being exploited for gain. Make it transparent that the horse is the most important entity in horseracing and that its welfare is the priority and you will see change for the better.

  2. I am hoping our new local directors will follow suit in the Western Cape where the racing community has historically been very strong over the past 150 years. However since the closure of the Milnerton Turf Club and various other amalgamations, the WC is in danger of losing a very important economic and traditional sport. Recreational equestrian economics appear to be more profitable than racing and there has been little or no leadership on planning and transformation of the racing industry. The loss of the Hunt Club racing and the personel who became trainers etc has dried up. Our trainers have diminished due to the unviable racing business unless they have a second income.
    A Racing Indaba or invitation for public representations on the renewal or future of the racing industry in the WC must be a good exercise. The NZ investigation and model looks great. Do we have anyone in the WC willing to do the work?


    Gary, at least you are realize that Government isn’t the answer here.

    Our gov can’t even ensure that the masses have proper ablutions, so you can imagine how far down the pecking order the “rejuvenation of the racing industry” is for them.

    I gather that the Government is now fully behind the “protocol dilemma”. If that comes to pass, it will just keep racing going, particularly for breeders.

    The day-to-day racing product will still be on the edge of a precipice.


    And another question/thought directed @ the racing fraternity with all the doom and gloom coupled with the imminent National Yearling Sales :-

    What have the various marketing teams done, be it in the W Cape, Joburg or Durb’s to lure the elite Black super-rich ?

    These black multi-millionaire businessmen/women have money to burn, for fun. Where on earth are they ?

  5. Rian says:

    This Government dont care about horse racing only the taxes..
    They invest in the other 4 legged animals but have yet to see them race even against the Camels
    Maybe I to have had to many Easter eggs with my grandchildren, and once they left watched some racing on T T but to see all the soccer rubbish called futsal coming from bad presenters brought me to tears, IDIOTS

  6. Rian says:

    Why are we been bombarded with this Futsal rubbish , look at the small pools and you can see how much interest there is its an absolute disgrace

  7. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Hi William, trust you are well. I agree 100%
    In SA we shouldn’t and cannot rely on Govt for help. It breaks my heart, example, yesterday when I walked thru The Casino to Scottsville, my fav track. So many people in The Casino, so few at The Races….Marketing teams should address this.


    Good evening Cecil …Happy Easter to You and your Family,

    I don’t know how savvy these marketing teams are.

    Maybe they don’t know about putting pride in one’s pocket and say to Black multi-millionaires …. “Please Sir, buy a few horses and come strut your stuff ” in the hurly-burly image driven racing scene.

    On another note Cecil …two KZN horses to take the cash in bigger races, please !

  9. Cecil Pienaar says:

    Good Morning William from a very wet KZN Midlands. Eish, I wish we could claim MdK as local in KZN, LoL, as the CT Boys are in town, ready to clean up. My (local) outsiders, hopes are Lady in Black, and Sand and Sea. It’s scary if one looks at July betting and 1st Ntl horse is 66-1. Not sure what to make of Camphoratus. Hoping we have a few Lurkers in the 2yr Olds! On The July, my fancy is Magnificent Seven to upset the Favorites / Top Weights. Thing is we only have May and June, so many horses will come from lay offs and the dreaded 2nd run after a lay off into Big races. Take Care….

  10. Donald says:

    Riaan – well said about this FUTSAL we have to hear about day in & day out on Tellytrack which is supposed to be a horse racing channel ? Why is this damp squid taking up so much time on a horse racing channel – got no idea how or why it came about but will guarantee that it will not last another 3 months as it is not a betting proposition for punters !

  11. Rian says:

    You right Donald, its a racing channel but without the professionalism ..
    What about the soccer Bomb, it was the Rocket mans Fav game but where is it now, glad its been bombed, hope Futsal follows soon

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