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New NZRB Appointment - Bill Birnie

The Minister for Racing, Hon David Bennett, has today announced the appointment of a new Independent Member to the Board of the New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB), Bill Birnie. Minister Bennett's media release is included below.

Bill joins the Board effective from today for a three year term. Bill has extensive board and senior executive experience, having been a member and trustee of a number of boards and charitable trusts, as well as working as both an investment banker and solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

Bill replaces outgoing Board member, Barry Brown, following the conclusion of his tenure. On behalf of the Board and everyone at NZRB and across the industry, I would like to sincerely thank Barry for his service and contribution over the past three years. Barry's been a dedicated member of the Board, and has worked diligently to support NZRB and the wider racing industry as we build a sustainable future for racing in New Zealand.

I am sure you will all join me in welcoming Bill, and thanking Barry and wishing him all the very best for the future. Glenda Hughes, NZRB

Hon David Bennett

Minister of Racing

23 June 2017

Media Statement

New Zealand Racing Board gets fresh eyes

Minister for Racing David Bennett has appointed Bill Birnie to the New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB).

"It's a pleasure to welcome Bill Birnie to the NZRB. Mr Birnie brings a lot of corporate governance experience and will add value to the NZRB," Mr Bennett says.

The purpose of the NZRB is to oversee the racing industry and the TAB, which has a $2.7 billion turnover a year, and returns over $150 million to New Zealand racing and sports each year. The seven-member board is made up of four independent members, including the Chair, who are appointed by the Government, and three code representatives nominated by the Thoroughbred, Harness and Greyhound racing codes.

Mr Birnie, an investment banker by trade and former solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand, has also held positions on several boards, including NZ Screen Commission, the Hilary Commission, High Performance Sport NZ, Sport New Zealand, NZ Film Commission, NZ Warriors Ltd and Play It Strange, amongst many others.

Mr Birnie's three year tenure begins on 23 June 2017.

"I would like to thank outgoing board member Barry Brown for his contributions to the NZRB and industry over the past three years. Mr Brown is passionate about the industry and we thank him for his commitment to racing," Mr Bennett says.