NATIONAL AGM 2020

NATIONAL AGM

TRAINERS’ ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT RE-ELECTED

The NZ Trainers’ Association held it’s National AGM on Monday 28th September. At the meeting, Tony Pike was re-elected President for a further term. Michael Pitman remains National Vice President and Moira Murdoch replaces Nigel Tiley as the other National Vice President.

A remit arising from the Northern Branch AGM was passed which saw a motion for consideration of a change to the Constitution to allow a non-licenceholder to be National President of the Association. Further legal advice will be sought in this regard.

In Tony’s Presidential Report he noted what an unusual 12 months it had been and there were many issues going forward. There were concerns regarding appropriate racing opportunities for the available horses racing. It was crucial for our industry's future to get this right and be proactive with our programming and ratings bands. Many horses have had difficulty gaining a start. We must keep our owners engaged and confident that racing opportunities will be available through all grades, bearing in mind that all efforts must be taken to keep field sizes at an acceptable number.

This was further discussed with NZTR representatives who came onto the call after the closure of the AGM to discuss a number of issues. It was agreed to continue to review our racing structure and ratings bands to ensure all horses and owners are catered for whilst still maximizing fields sizes where possible.

The subject of the Gallop South proposal to change the NZTR constitution was discussed at reasonable length. There was a general consensus that this proposal was not fit for purpose and was a step back rather than forward.  Without taking anything away from all the voluntary work done by the club committees, it was Tony’s view that the current system of a Members’ Council making the NZTR Board appointments should be maintained. This is where both Clubs and Stakeholders have a voice and influence. “We cannot go back to a system that encourages resistance to change and unnecessary parochialism.” “What is needed is a Board that is skills based, with vision and leadership to take us into the future and this will not be achievable under the Gallop South proposal.”

LINK HERE FOR DRAFT MINUTES OF THE AGM & MEETING WITH NZTR HELD 28 SEPTEMBER 2020
LINK HERE FOR AGENDA and ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION WITH NZTR FOLLOWING AGM
LINK HERE FOR DRAFT FINANCIAL STATEMENTS FOR YEAR ENDED 31 MAY 2020
LINK HERE FOR DRAFT MINUTES OF NATIONAL AGM HELD 24TH AUGUST 2019
LINK HERE FOR DISCUSSION DOCUMENT ON TRACKWORK LICENSING
LINK HERE FOR PRIZEMONEY ALLOCATION SPREADSHEET