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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

Up-to-date information can be found elsewhere in Te Ara.



Present Scale of Activities

The board, which commenced operations on 28 March 1951 with branches at Feilding and Dannevirke, now has 25 branches and 289 agencies. A very wide coverage of New Zealand has been achieved.

During the period 1951 to 1965 the total amount invested on the totalisators through the off-course scheme was £346,747,593. The board made profits during this period totalling £9,960,535, which have been distributed to the racing and trotting clubs on the following basis:

  1. Fifteen per cent of the total annual profit being divided equally among all clubs.

  2. The remaining 85 per cent being divided proportionately among the clubs in relation to the on-course and off-course turnover for each club for the particular year.

The off-course turnover for the year ended 31 July 1965 was £36,276,258, and the profit available for distribution to the clubs was £1,109,689.

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