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RIB seeks partnerships to revive racing


Media statement 1 June 2000
For immediate release

Racing Industry Board seeks partnerships to revive racing


The racing industry in New Zealand runs the risk of failure unless it can work in partnership with the Government to help restore the industry to prosperity, the Acting Chairman of the Racing Industry Board, Rick Bettle, told the Racing Minister’s Community Forum today.

The forum was called by the Minister, Annette King, to hear the concerns of provincial and community racing interests. But Mr Bettle said the problems facing the industry were more wide ranging.

“We have heard a great deal about cash-strapped community racing,” he said. “But it is important for the Government to appreciate that many of our metropolitan clubs, who were not invited to today’s forum, are also in dire straits financially. However, the messages on communication are clear and community racing is asking for help.

“As I see it, racing is at a crossroads. We can either continue to look inwards while we watch our industry disintegrate, or we can work in partnership with the Government to ensure the future of racing in New Zealand.

“In the most basic terms, the cake the Board has to share around the industry is limited no matter how much we argue about the way we slice it up.”

Mr Bettle described racing as a “heartland activity” and said it was appropriate that it should be a focus of attention for the Government’s proactive approach to regional development.
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He assured the Government that the Racing Industry Board supported its initiatives and was prepared to work in partnership to build the reputation and health of the racing industry.

“With the Government’s help, the industry can increase employment, play our part in upskilling people and put new life into communities right around New Zealand,” Mr Bettle said.

The NZ Racing Industry Board was established as the governing body for New Zealand racing in 1992. Its primary function is to develop and promote the financial well-being of racing, harness racing and greyhound racing in New Zealand.


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For further information please contact:

Rick Bettle
Acting Chairman
Tel: 0-4-479 9364

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