CE Update - March

Hi Team

First and foremost, the major development this month has been the work of the newly-formed Ministerial Advisory Committee to assist the Minister execute on the Messara Report. We have been engaged with the five-person team and have made submissions around key elements of the Report, including Venues, IP, Animal Welfare, Code Funding and Racing NZ. As you can imagine, there is a distance between the Codes on some of these issues but it is clear that GRNZ has real concerns with the proposed industry funding model and the proposed industry governance model. We will be pressing for a fair and reasonable outcome on these two recommendations and it is safe to say that our views on many other aspects of the Report are tied to these outcomes.

It is also important we let you know that Greyhounds Australasia (GA) is meeting to determine their strategic plan this month and that GRNZ will be there to help. GA is the peak body for Greyhound Racing across New Zealand and Australia, and is made up of all the greyhound racing states in Australia as well as us here in New Zealand. We believe that GA can be a powerful force for good throughout Australasia, that it can help set standards, create shared resources, foster international programs and help with rehoming and population tools on an international scale. We will be actively promoting a GA that can help us tell our positive greyhounds’ story to the world, and to the public here in NZ. You will hear more about this over the year to come.

Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to let you know that there will be two surveys we are asking you to complete this month. The first is our annual Communications Survey. This is your chance to help shape how we communicate with you, our Licensed People, through the magazine, website and social media. Let us know your thoughts on what you want to see more of, less of, or see differently. The online survey will be open until 16 March and should take less than 10 minutes to complete. The link is on our website and if your email is on file with GRNZ, you will receive an email containing a link to the survey.

The second survey is a racing-wide survey on the topic of ‘Women in Racing’. We are encouraging everyone to complete this, whether you are male or female, an owner/trainer or a handler. Each Code will be participating and this will be your opportunity to have a voice in the shape of the industry. This survey will also be emailed out to you directly, with a link added to our website when it opens.

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Mauro Barsi

Posted on 7/01/2019 9:33:11 AM

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