Goodson re-appointed NZTR Chairman

Wednesday 7 December

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The Board of New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) has announced the re-appointment of Mr Matthew Goodson as its Chairman. Mr Joe Walls was appointed Deputy Chairman.

The election took place after the Annual General Meeting held in Wellington on Tuesday 6 December 2011. The Chairman and Deputy Chairman are appointed annually by the Board from among its directors.

The other three directors are Con Anastasiou, Greg McCarthy and John Stace.

The Members’ Council is currently seeking applications for the vacant sixth seat on the Board.

On his re-appointment Mr Goodson stated: “I appreciate the confidence and support of the Board.”

“Together with my fellow Directors, I look forward to continuing our plans to grow thoroughbred racing, as set out in our proposed Business Plan, unveiled at the AGM, before presenting it at regional meetings around the country over the next two weeks. The Board also looks forward to working collaboratively over the next 12 months with all our stakeholders, the Racing Board, Harness Racing and the Greyhound Racing Association.”

The proposed NZTR Business Plan 2012-14 is available at

For more information contact Greg Purcell, NZTR Chief Executive: +64 21 576 627


Notes for editors:

Chairman: Matthew Goodson, 41, from Auckland, is Equities Portfolio Manager at BT Asset Management. He has 18 years of investment experience in NZ and New York at firms such as First NZ Capital and Goldman Sachs JB Were. He is a Director of Goodson & Perron Bloodstock Ltd, an operation involved in breeding and racing. Matthew has a MCA (Hons, 1st) and a BA in Economics.

Deputy Chairman: Joe Walls, from Auckland, has been selling bloodstock for over 40 years. He is currently Chairman of NZ Bloodstock and has held that role since 2006. He has been Chair and CEO of NZ Thoroughbred Marketing and before that was a Director of Wrightson Bloodstock for 14 years. He has been a breeder, owner and seller of thoroughbreds for the past three decades.