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NZ Racing Board congratulates “highly
worthy”Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Honours List

The New Zealand Racing Board today congratulated Karyn Fenton-Ellis, 2014 Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) awardee, on the day she received her award at Government House in Wellington. 
She receives her honour for services to racing, the community and the Arts. 

“Karyn has a long list of achievements for outstanding service to the community in a number of areas,” NZ Racing Board CEO Chris Bayliss said. “She has contributed in so many ways to racing; in governance, as a broadcaster and even as an owner. On behalf of the
NZ Racing Board, I am delighted to salute such a highly worthy recipient. I know the wider racing industry also sing her praises.” 

Karyn Fenton-Ellis is the Chairman of the Waikato Racing Club  and is a member of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing National Marketing Taskforce.  In 2013 she was elected as a member of the New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Members’ Council which oversees
the governance of, and appointments of Directors to, the Board of New Zealand
Thoroughbred Racing.  

In 1992 she was appointed as one of two inaugural presenters for the New Zealand Racing Board’s television channel ‘Trackside’. Twenty-two years later she remains in that role and is the channel's longest-serving, continuous broadcaster. Karyn also became one of
Radio Trackside's inaugural broadcasters when the New Zealand Racing Board
launched its radio network in April 2005.

George Simon, Senior Commentator with Trackside Television and a long-time colleague, said “I’ve been working with Karyn for more than twenty years. She is a great broadcaster, great fun to work with and she sets high standards. She is inspirational for what she has
achieved, not just in this industry but across the board.” 

“I am privileged and very humbled to receive this honour particularly as it is a commendation for services to three areas of my life about which I am deeply passionate,” Karyn Fenton-Ellis said.  “Importantly, I truly believe that it reflects the dedication and contribution of hte many great people and organisations I have been proud to work with for many years – I share today with them all.


Come to the party – Stay for the racing

When you come to Te Rapa Racecourse, you can experience more than just racing. From the competitive racing enthusiasts, to families looking for a great day out, we have a thrilling experience to offer everyone. As well as our finish line grandstand, the club has picnic tables and umbrellas which are available for everyone to use. You can make the races a super day out with our BYO food and refreshments policy. Don’t leave the kids behind either! There is plenty to keep the younger ones amused with the excitement of the races and hours of fun to be had on our adventure playground. On bigger race days we have a great array of children’s entertainment including bouncy castles and face painters; definitely enough to keep them amused all day. And the greatest thing about Te Rapa Racecourse – the entertainment is FREE! Contact the Club now to find out more about how we can help you to enjoy a day at the races.

Admission is free on all days except for the following coming up Waikato Race Day events:

Saturday, 8 February 2014

$10 admission charge

Under 18 years have free admission on all race dates.

Corporate Suites
Suites are available accommodating groups of 12, 16, 20, 30 and 60 – they provide a great base for an enjoyable group outing. Food and refreshments are provided for you in your personal glassed in, air conditioned suite which offers viewing directly down on to the racetrack.

Personal Celebrations
Have you thought about having your birthday / wedding anniversary / any other celebration on course during a race day? You should! It’s a great fun party atmosphere with the added entertainment of racing and we can organise all especially for you.

BYO Alcohol Policy
While we are happy to offer BYO as an attractive advantage of a day at the races, we do apply the following restrictions per person over 18 years. Those of legal drinking age are entitled to bring in one of the following options:
SIX (6) bottles of beer (330mls) per person; OR

SIX (6) bottles of cider (330 mls) per person; OR

ONE (1) bottle of wine per person: OR

SIX (6) RTD'S (330mls) per person.

(No spirits, kegs or crates allowed.

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