Rules, Standards and Policies

The GRNZ is governed by the Rules of Racing. The Rules of Racing are determined by the Rules of Racing Committee and approved by the Racing Integrity Board (RIB) in accordance with the GRNZ Constitution and the 2020 Racing Industry Act and authorised by the GRNZ Board. These Rules are then administered by the Association through its Chief Executive, Racing Department and the RIB. To complement the Rules, GRNZ also issues and implements a number of regulations, standards and policies.

Click on any of the rules or policies below to view.

Greyhound Welfare Standards (effective 1 May 2023) 

New GRNZ Rules of Racing (effective 1 February 2023)

Please note that on 14 February 2023, the GRNZ Board unanimously agreed to an Emergency Amendment to the GRNZ Rules of Racing pursuant to Rule 11A of the GRNZ Constitution. They unanimously resolved to suspend the application of Rule 102(1A) of the GRNZ Rules of Racing, effective 11:59pm 14 February 2023. Therefore, greyhounds are not required to undergo a satisfactory weight trial after a break in racing of 28 days.
To read the comms issued at the time, click HERE.

Since then, following a period of consultation, the GRNZ Board unanimously resolved to permanently remove Rule 102(1A) of the GRNZ Rules of Racing at their April 2023 Board meeting, and also to permanently remove the reference to Rule 102(1A) in Rule 102(2).

Additionally, the GRNZ Board unanimously resolved to amend Rule 25(6) of the GRNZ Rules of Racing to bring it line with the corresponding Greyhounds Australasia Rule. This Rule now reads:

(6) Unless GRNZ determines otherwise, a greyhound must not compete in any Event within five days of the date it was administered a vaccine.

Please note also that at their 9 August 2023 meeting, the GRNZ Board approved the removal of LR29A(4) from the GRNZ Rules of Racing, after following the procedures required by the GRNZ Constitution and the Racing Industry Act 2020.

The Master GRNZ Rules of Racing document has been updated to reflect these amendments.

Minimum Stakes Table 2022/23

Constitution – Updated Constitution came into effect on 14 August 2020.

Former GRNZ Rules of Racing – Effective from 1 August 2018 (amended 1 October 2021 and 6 April 2022) to 31 January 2023.

Former Health and Welfare Standards (also referred to as the GRNZ Welfare Code or Code of Welfare) – Effective from 1 August 2018 to 30 April 2023.

Kennel Sizes

GRNZ, with the assistance of the Housing Standards Working Group and the GRNZ Animal Health and Welfare Committee, have reviewed and updated the greyhound facilities standards in consultation with LPs, the wider industry and the RIB.

Standard 2 of the Greyhound Welfare Standards contains all the information regarding size requirements for indoor and outdoor housing and came into effect on 1 May 2023.


GRNZ Policies

Please click on the individual policies below for further information.

Approved Qualifying Times

Board Approved Lure Policy

Categories of Prohibited Substances

Dress Code Policy - (Updated Feb2024) Refer to club for local standards

GRNZ Greyhound Euthanasia Policy

GRNZ Import and Grading Policy

Hot Weather Racing and Travel Policy

Late Litter Registration Policy

Qualifying Trials Policy

Rehabilitation to Rehoming Policy

Small Breeder Fund Policy

Social Media Policy Licensed Persons

Use of Alternative or Complementary Medicines Policy

The Standard for Blinker Policy

Hypoxia and Cramping Policies

Consecutive Day Nomination Policy

Scratching Due to a Material Change in Track Conditions Policy


GRNZ Abandonment Guideline / Procedure

Greyhound On-Track Euthanasia Guidelines

GRNZ Racing and Grading Guidelines

Defaulter List

Defaulter List

Health and Safety

Board Responsibilities

Health and Safety Manual

Appendix to H&S Manual

Health and Safety Club Checklist

H&S Safety Meeting Form

H&S Club Contractors Agreement

H&S Accident Incident Register Form

H&S Hazardous Substances Register Form

Trainer and Handler Induction Form

Summary of WHS Impact on Clubs