Monday, July 28, 2008Contact: Chris Weder
04 576 6268
New Zealand reviews rules of racing

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) announced today the commencement of public consultation on the Rules of Racing. This period of consultation will remain open until 22 August 2008.

Paul Bittar, Chief Executive of NZTR, explained: “NZTR began this review and re-drafting of the Rules of Racing early last year and we are aiming to conclude the whole process and bring any new Rules into effect by April 2009.”

“Our aims are three-fold: to develop Rules that are more simple and logical than those currently in use; to ensure that the Rules are written in plain English; and to ensure that the industry maintains a high level of integrity. With close to 400 Rules to review containing over 130,000 words - compared, for example, to around 55,000 words in the combined Australian and Local [State] Rules - this is a huge undertaking.”

To receive a hard copy of the working draft of the proposed amended Rules, or if you would like further information also contact Chris Weder on or (04) 576 6268. Written submissions are required by 22 August 2008 and must be emailed to or posted to Chris Weder, NZTR, P O Box 38-386, Wellington Mail Centre, Wellington.