Wairoa Racing Club


The Wairoa Racing Club at Te Kupenga almost held another successful 2-day carnival in February.  Unfortunately, the weather took control on Sunday with a strong southerly and rain making conditions impossible and resulting in the abandonment of Race 8.

The Affco NZ Ltd Wairoa Cup was allowed to run and Big Mike led all the way to win, backing up from his first day success.  Trained by Craig and Shaun Phelan, he was ridden both days by apprentice Elen Nicholas.

Preparation for the East Coast Carnival sometimes delivers cruel blows, with the arrival in December of a mini-tornado, out of nowhere, ripping through the Goodley Stables and smashing and uprooting poplar trees.  A natural disaster, but Wairoa is resilient and with a big help from one of our main sponsors, East Coast Lumber, and top forestry men, they went about lifting and clearing in early January.  Other volunteers worked basically most days until the area was able to be used for stabling horses again.  NZTR inspected the track and facilities and gave approval for the meeting to go ahead.

I would like to thank our hard-working committee and extra helpers for making the racecourse look pristine for the busy week of racing.

To our sponsors, large and small, thank you.  Without the town’s ongoing support we could not achieve this entertainment for the community.

First Light Community Foundation, First Sovereign Trust and the Pam Torbett Trust are all to be thanked for their grants which go towards raceday expenses.

The farming operation remains strong and income from this contributed to the Club’s annual profit of $14,181.

After our race meeting in February another disaster, Covid-19, struck the world.  The rules and regulations put on NZ people and business affected us all.  Getting a reprieve to race until the 2024/25 season I thought was a done deal after putting a strong submission into NZTR.  But, as a result of Covid, NZTR decided to close down or transfer the licence to race for Clubs in some isolated areas, including Wairoa and did not issue any dates to race at Te Kupenga in February 2021.  Instead, they have allowed a race day at Hastings on 21 February 2021 using our licence to race.  The committee decided unanimously, as a one-off, to accept this offer.  Our preferred option is to race in Wairoa for our members, sponsors and the wider community and we are working to achieve this for the future.



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REMEMBER AGM  16th December 2020 at Wairoa Community centre Marine Parade, 5.15pm

Copies of set of accounts available from Paul Toothill, 027 271 1027 or Allan Pickering 0274578582