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Racing Industry Forums: last chance to catch the future

Four racing industry forums to be held during February will give all industry stakeholders and participants an opportunity to learn more about the Working Party Report. It may also be the last chance for the industry as a whole to determine and shape its own future in a progressive and democratic manner.

The Racing Industry Board, which commissioned the Report, has decided to present the forums after requests from individuals and industry bodies for a full briefing on its content and recommendations.

Members of the five-person group which prepared the Report will be on hand at each forum to listen and to answer questions about their recommendations.

The forum dates, times and venues are:

Tuesday 11 February
Manawatu Racing Club
Awapuni, Palmerston North
2.00 pm

Wednesday 12 February
Canterbury Jockey Club
Riccarton, Christchurch
2.00 pm

Thursday 13 February
Otago Racing Club
Wingatui, Dunedin
11.00 am

Wednesday 26 February
Waikato Racing Club
Te Rapa, Hamilton
10.00 am

Because of the level of interest in the Report, the deadline for submissions on it has been extended to Monday 3 March. Submissions should be directed to:

Racing Industry Board
P.O. Box 38899
Wellington Mail Centre
New Zealand
Email: nzrib@tab.co.nz

The NZTBA urges everyone who works and invests in New Zealand racing to:

*Read the Working Party Report
(See the NZTBA website front page for links to the Report and appendices.)

*Read the Racing Bill (available in pdf format at www.racenz.com) which will require urgent amendment if there is widespread industry support for the Report's key recommendations - especially about the composition and reponsibilities of the proposed Racing Board.

*Attend at least one of the forums and/or

*Make a submission on the Working Party Report.


- Susan Archer