Tag Archives: John Messara

New Zealand plans to revamp racing industry with governance restructure

The New Zealand government has set out new plans to completely revamp the country’s horseracing industry, with proposals to impose new taxes on offshore bookmakers and establish new governance structures. Following an industry-wide review carried out by John Messara, two new pieces of legislation are set to be rolled out by the country’s deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters. The first …

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NZRB launches new betting portal with OpenBet technology


The New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB) has hailed a ‘new era for Kiwi punters’ after launching its long-awaited fixed odds betting portal. Operating under the ‘New Zealand TAB’ domain – www.TAB.co.nz, the new racing platform is powered by Scientific Games’ OpenBet as lead systems provider, supported by Paddy Power Betfair. Launching TAB NZ’s new property, NZRB Chief Executive John Allen stated that …

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Messara report outlines tough remedies for New Zealand Racing

A New Zealand government-sanctioned report undertaken by Oceania racing expert John Messara has delivered a ‘blunt appraisal’ of the nation’s horseracing industry and standards Presenting findings to NZ Racing Minister Winston Peters, Messara the current Chairman of Racing New South Wales (Australia) concludes that ‘New Zealand’s racing industry is in a state of serious malaise, and requires urgent reform.’ Furthermore, …

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