Media release for Minister Peters
Category: Announcements | News
Date: 12/04/2024

Racing Integrity Board Chairperson announced

The Minister for Racing, Winston Peters, has today announced the appointment of existing board member, Neville Harris QSO, as Chairperson of the Racing Integrity Board, for the remainder of his term.

“The Racing Integrity Board was established as an independent body under the Racing Industry Act 2020, and is charged with promoting and ensuring high standards of animal welfare, integrity and professionalism by those in the racing industry. The Board was established on 1 July 2021 and formed part of a fresh start for the industry,” says Minister Peters.

“The industry contributes approximately $1.9 billion annually to the New Zealand economy and generates 15,000 full time jobs. New Zealanders expect racing to be safe for the animals involved and fair for punters. The Board helps provide this assurance, which can only be good for the racing industry.”

Mr. Harris replaces Kristy McDonald, who has resigned from the role of Chairperson of the Board late last year.

“Mr. Harris is a former lawyer and senior public servant with governance experience in the commercial and public sectors. He has experience with the Racing Industry from being a former member of the Judicial Control Authority for racing and was involved with setting up the Racing Integrity Board.”

Mr. Harris’ appointment as Chairperson commenced on 2 April 2024 and will expire on 9 October 2025.