1. How does the Integrity Structure work in NZ?
The three Racing codes (thoroughbred, harness and greyhound) set the Rules for participating in their sport. Although similar to Parliament in setting the law, Racing Rules are subservient to the law of New Zealand.
The Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) is responsible for applying the rules and ensuring that those involved in the racing codes, abide by these rules. The RIU have a similar role to the police and crown prosecutor in society. The Judicial Control Authority (JCA) provide the judges for hearing the cases the RIU bring for alleged breaches of the rules. The JCA therefore is like the judiciary in society.
2. What is the RIU and what are its responsibilities?
The RIU is a private company established by the 3 racing codes and the TAB New Zealand (who are all 25% shareholders). Each code has an agreement with the RIU to provide integrity services.
The RIU is responsible for:
Controlling the running of races on Race day and regulation of the relevant rules
Drug testing horses and dogs (both on race day and out of competition) Drug testing handlers, jockeys and drivers
Investigation of all alleged breaches of the rules
3. If I have a complaint regarding some aspect of racing what can I do?
Please complete a complaint form using the following link: www.integrityline-nz.org/reporting-riu
Or you can post it to Private Bag 17902, Greenlane, Auckland, 1546.
Alternatively, you can make an anonymous complaint by calling 0800 RIU 123
4. Where can I locate the Rules of Racing?
The individual codes have websites that display their specific rules. Alternatively, you are able to use this website to locate the rules. A link to the rules for each code can be found by clicking on the link at the top of any page.
5. What Prohibited substances (drugs) are tested for?
Prohibited substances are defined as any substance that can influence the speed and stamina of an animal. A list of prohibited substances is included in the Rules of Racing.
6. How much drug testing is there and how is it carried out?
In NZ there are more than 13,000 drug tests of horses and dogs undertaken each season.
On race day the RIU Stipendiary Stewards and Investigators determine which animals are tested. The animals are taken to a restricted area on the course where urine/blood samples are taken by an RIU Swab Official or Veterinarian. Similar to the Olympics, an A and B sample, as well as control samples, are taken. The samples are placed in tamper evident bottles and security bags before being couriered to a Laboratory for testing.
7. Where is the drug testing carried out?
The NZ Racing Services Laboratory is based in Auckland. It is internationally accredited to carry out drug testing.
8. What processes are in place to ensure animal welfare?
On Race days there is always a at least one qualified Veterinarian present to inspect the horses and dogs, before during and after racing. RIU stewards and Investigators also visit licenced properties to ensure the welfare of the racing animals.
9. Where do I find the Stipendiary Stewards reports for all codes?
The individual codes have websites that display the reports for each meeting. Alternatively, you are able to use this website to locate these reports. A link to the reports can be found by clicking on “Stewards Reports” in the menu.
10. Do the JCA release reports on race day and non-race day decisions?
The JCA has a website which shows all decisions to view please visit - www.jca.org.nz