The New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) is pleased to announce that a further $530,000 has been distributed from its Industry Enhancement funds to support the racing industry at a grassroots level.
In January 2017, NZRB announced it would provide an additional $4.8 million in funding to improve stakes, address aging infrastructure and encourage the entry of young people into racing. In season one $0.6 million was distributed and in season two a further $1.0 million was distributed.
Of the $539,982 allocated since October, $454,982 has been applied to projects investing in key infrastructure, including $61,777 for the purchase of 20 Moisture Meters and seven GoingSticks for Racecourse Managers across the country.
New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing has identified that many course managers in New Zealand don’t have access to appropriate resources to produce optimal outcomes during track preparation prior to raceday. These tools are expected to deliver consistency across racing surfaces while providing valuable data to track managers.
Other infrastructure grants include;
- $200,000 to upgrade the stabling complex at Addington Raceway
- $51,500 to upgrade Wanganui Jockey Club’s irrigation system
- $21,375 to upgrade crash padding for fences at Wanganui and Palmerston Nth Greyhound Clubs
- $25,888 for Westport Trotting Club’s stable block and roading works
- $9,442 to replace and upgrade security cameras at Hatrick Raceway
- $85,000 for the costs of locating and mapping underground services at racecourses nationwide
A further $85,000 was allocated to youth enhancement initiatives including the development of new equine learning resources for New Zealand Equine Education Trust tutors and effective guidelines to encourage responsible behaviour across the industry.
Funding for the 18/19 season is still available. Applications can be made by contacting Ian Long, Head of Public Affairs.