“Racing in New Zealand directly and indirectly accounts for well over $1.6 billion worth of GDP, employs tens of thousands of people, has the potential to rapidly expand its export earnings, and is an integral part of the Kiwi lifestyle.”
— Rt Hon Winston Peters
OUR PLAN FOR RACING
- Return a greater proportion of industry taxation to the racing codes.
- Introduce a new (below Premier Meeting) category of meeting where every race will be for $15,000 minimum, with relativity across the codes.
- Enhance employment and export opportunities by working with the industry to improve the international status of New Zealand Group 1 races to attract greater international interest.
- Restore marque racing plans and prize money initiatives in line with New Zealand First policy implementation 2005–2008.
- Return New Zealand racing to what it was good at. Racing needs breeding programmes to re-establish New Zealand as a first tier country in racing. That means policies assisting importation of quality mares, and properly using the sire cost write down.
- Urgently review the operations and costs of the New Zealand Racing Board.
- Continue to support projects and initiatives, e.g. the Racing Safety Development Fund, which enhances all-round safety while improving the quality of facilities in the racing industry.
- Direct Police, IRD and Treasury to respect the spirit of the laws passed to assist racing so we do not have specious departmental interpretations of laws that are clear to the industry.
- Further improve the appeal of the racing industry to a wider audience by encouraging the promotion of “family-friendly” activities in conjunction with race meetings in all codes.
- Defend the historic, modest share of the racing industry, to lawful gambling proceeds, against unreasonable attacks.