Nominations sought for Directors of TAB NZ & RIB Boards

The Hon Grant Robertson, Minister for Racing, is seeking nominations from suitably qualified individuals for the TAB New Zealand Board and Racing Integrity Board.

Nominations must be received by the Department of Internal Affairs by completing the nomination form and returning with a current curriculum vitae (CV) to [email protected] by Friday 15 January 2021.

Below is further information for each of the positions.


TAB NZ 

The Department of Internal Affairs is currently seeking nominations for the TAB NZ Board of Directors. TAB NZ is a Statutory Entity, and its focus is maximising profits for the benefit of the New Zealand racing industry and contributing to sports funding while minimising gambling harm. Appointments will be made by Minister for Racing Grant Robertson.

2020 has been a difficult and transformational year with the impact of COVID-19 and the passing of the Racing Industry Act 2020. The Act has now established TAB NZ as a betting operator solely responsible for the conducting of racing and sports betting in New Zealand which presents a great opportunity for change.

The Racing Industry Act 2020 outlines the knowledge and skills required of the Board which include:

  • racing administration at a national level;
  • sport administration at a national level;
  • the betting industry and market;
  • broadcasting;
  • technology related to betting or gambling;
  • preventing and minimising the harm associated with gambling; and
  • business, marketing or economics.

Beyond this skillset, the Board will have an important role in cementing TAB NZ as solely a betting operator. Where once TAB NZ was the betting arm of a broader administrative body – the Racing Industry Transition Agency and before it the New Zealand Racing Board – it can now streamline its operations to focus on its core functions. In order to best achieve this, the Board will desirably also have:

  • experience in betting governance;
  • an ability to implement change within an organisation;
  • an ability to build partnerships especially within the racing and sports industries; and
  • experience in financial management to help steer TAB NZ through its recovery from COVID-19.

“This is an exciting opportunity for anyone who has the skills and experience to make a positive impact on the future of racing and sports,” Grant Robertson said.

If you are passionate about racing and sport and believe you have what it takes to be a part of TAB NZ during this transformational time, complete the nomination form found here to put your name forward.

The candidate information sheet found here provides further information.

Nominations close 15 January 2021.


Racing Integrity Board 

The Hon Grant Robertson, Minister for Racing, is seeking nominations for the seven board positions on the Racing Integrity Board.

The Racing Industry Act 2020 defined the final structure for the reformed racing industry, enabling the industry to have a stronger commercial focus. This provides for the establishment of three statutory bodies – the TAB New Zealand Board, Racing New Zealand, and the Racing Integrity Board.   

The Racing Integrity Board will be established as an independent body to promote and ensure compliance with high standards of animal welfare, integrity, and professionalism by industry participants. The Racing Integrity Board will have adjudicative functions and rule enforcement powers.   

Any suitably qualified individuals are encouraged to complete the nomination form found here, together with a current current curriculum vitae (CV) and send to [email protected] by Friday 15 January 2021.

The candidate information sheet found here provides further information.

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