Rules and Processes regarding Harassment

Dear GRNZ licensed persons/track users, 


Pre COVID lockdown there had been complaints made to the RIU and to the Greyhound Racing Clubs regarding allegations of poor behaviour by licence holders both on race days and through postings on social media sites.

It is timely that you are reminded of the relevant rules and your obligations as GRNZ licence holders. 

The GRNZ Health and Safety Manual (published on the GRNZ website under 'Rules and Policies') details the following:

Chapter 10. Bullying and Harassment

All forms of bullying, harassment, unlawful discrimination and victimising are prohibited. 

The Club must take reasonable steps to ensure that the workplace is free from all forms of bullying, harassment, unlawful discrimination and victimising.

Harassment, unlawful discrimination and victimisation are fully defined in the Human Rights Act 1993. 

Bullying is any repeated unreasonable behaviour directed towards a person, or group of people, that creates a risk to their mental or physical health and safety.

Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is offensive, humiliating or intimidating to any other person and is either repeated or of such significant nature, that it has a detrimental effect on the person, their performance or their work and study environment.


The GRNZ 'Social Media Policy' includes the following: 

When engaging in social media activities you must never: 

·  disparage anybody connected with the Association, including our members, trainers, owners, stakeholders or our directors and staff (past or present);

·  You must ensure that you do not post material that is obscene, defamatory, threatening, harassing, discriminatory or hateful to another person or entity, including the Association, its employees, officials, clubs, other participants, contractors, and/or other related racing individuals or organisations. 


A breach of either of these policies is an offence under GRNZ Rule 62.1(cc):

Any person (including an Official) commits an offence if he/she: acts in contravention of or fails to comply with any provision of these Rules or any Rules made thereunder, or any policy, notice, direction, instruction, guideline, restriction, requirement or condition given, made or imposed under these Rules

The Team at GRNZ

Posted on 16 July 2020

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