Australian Greyhound Import Advisory

As you will be aware, GRNZ has been concerned about the issue of imported greyhounds from Australia with a history of marring or failing to pursue.  Equally, the issue of stakes repatriation and the potential loss of reinvestment into New Zealand, along with the -prospect of animals remaining in New Zealand after their racing lives for us to re-home, has meant we have widened our thinking on the import issue.


There were a number of possible options, however after much deliberation, GRNZ has settled on the following position, which will come into effect on 1st September 2019:

  • When an Australian dog is imported into New Zealand, it will attract a $2,000 'Visa fee"

  • If that same Australian dog is exported back to Australia, the $2,000 "Visa fee" will be refunded

  • The current $500 administration fee remains,however, this is now a non-refundable fee.


GRNZ will monitor the effect of this policy, and will provide for a review of those effects, no later than 6 months after its introduction.  We remain focused on creating a future for New Zealand dogs, maintaining commercial flexibility for our LPs, while keeping our racing population at the right shape and size.


We welcome your feedback on this policy, and we acknowledge that it may take some time to fully realise the best possible solution.



Posted on 10/07/2019 2:00:34 PM

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