The New Zealand racing industry faced an unprecedented challenge during the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning we faced the threat of losing an integral part of our Kiwi economic wealth and lifestyle. In three short years New Zealand First has championed racing as we recognise that losing the industry would be devastating for both our economy, and the regions it actively contributes to. If our racing industry is to go beyond COVID relief packages and remain internationally renowned, recognising that now is the time for support, planning and collaboration to be paramount. New Zealand First is committed to supporting our racing industry and will continue to make the contribution it brings to our country known.


  • Complete implementation of Racing Legislation passed in this term of Government

  • Complete where appropriate the recommendations of Messara Report and continue consultation with all stakeholders

  • Complete the construction of the Cambridge, Awapuni and Riccarton all weather tracks

  • Recognise the regional economic potential of the Racing sector and support initiatives to enable its growth

  • Work with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise to develop export channels and opportunities