NZ Greyhound Racing Centenary Celebrations Start

Greyhound Racing New Zealand's (GRNZ) commemoration of 100 Years of Governance starts today. The Centenary will unite people from all over the country to look back on what we've achieved together over the last century.

Celebrations will include a nostalgic look at the past and an exciting peek into the future of one of our most exciting .

NZ Centenary Celebration Events and Times

Wednesday 15 October 2008
GRNZ Centenary Recognition Dinner, 6.30pm
, Grand Cafe
31 Victoria Street, Christchurch

  • This event will feature a greyhound racing historical display and the premiere showing of the DVD 100 Years of Going to the Dogs (approx 14 minutes).
  • A Greyhound Racing has been established and the first two dogs will be inducted. The display will also feature these dogs.
  • Master of Ceremonies will be professional MC and horse-racing host Dean Lester.
  • The Minister for Racing will be in attendance

Thursday 16 October 2008
Pre drinks and nibbles, 6.30pm
Raceway, Birdcage Bar
Jack Hinton Drive, Christchurch

Meet with

  • the GRNZ and Christchurch Board
  • the owners, trainers, finalists and of dogs racing on the Platinum Paws race evening
  • Australian visitors and

17 October
Platinum Paws
Christchurch Greyhound Racing Club 5.30pm
Level 2, Silks Room
Addington Raceway

  • The $250,000 Gold Band Finance Platinum Paws will be the most important race to hit the New Zealand tracks in the history of greyhound racing. have greyhounds run for such a stake!
  • The Number 4 dog in all races throughout the Platinum Paws race evening will be wearing a Make-A-Wish Foundation vest, and GRNZ has pledged to give a financial donation to the charity if the dog finishes in the top three!

Saturday 18 October
GRNZ Awards Gala Dinner 5.45pm
Christchurch Convention Centre, Hall A
95 Kilmore Street

  • The Awards Gala Dinner will highlight and recognise achievements from the 2007/2008 greyhound racing season.
  • Special Guest speaker will be Dick Taylor. Dick won gold in the 10,000m at the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch in 1974 and still holds the record for the fastest time.
  • Masters of Ceremonies for the Awards Gala Dinner are John Tamihere and Willie Jackson.
    National Party Racing Spokesperson, Lindsay Tisch, will be in attendance.
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