As a result of the keen interest of locals in harness racing, Mr C Archer convened a public meeting on 28 August 1946. At this meeting it was agreed to form the Rangiora Trotting Club (later renamed Rangiora Harness Racing Club).
The club held its first totalisator meeting in 1948.
Today the Rangiora Harness Racing Club (Inc) is one of New Zealand’s leading harness racing clubs and holds permits from the New Zealand Racing Board to run totalisator race meetings.
The meetings are held at Rangiora Raceway during the daytime, usually during the weekends.
The Rangiora Harness Racing Club Committee is committed to ensuring that the members annual subscription is great value and that the benefits members receive are also great value.
The support of members is greatly valued and appreciated by the committee. As a result, the Committee are constantly looking for opportunities to increase and improve the benefits offered to its members.
The following are some of the benefits members can expect to enjoy free admission to all Rangiora Harness Racing Club race meetings at Rangiora and Addington.
Free "members only" reserved parking at Rangiora Raceway.
Members only complimentary drink in the Birdcage Bar at Rangiora Raceway.
Complimentary drinks and brunch at the Annual General Meeting.
Regular newsletters throughout the year.
Subsidised "members only" offers when opportunities arise.
Rangiora Harness Racing Club membership costs just $25 per year. If you would like to become a financial member please download a membership application form here.
LETTER TO MEMBERS POSTED 14 AUGUST 2020
Dear Rangiora Harness Club Member,
Your Club has now received its allocation of dates for the 2020/21 season.
We have been allocated 9 meetings (10 programmed for 2019/20)
Friday 6th November 2020 (start of Cup Week)
Wednesday 18th November 2020
Sunday 20th December 2020 (Christmas at the Races)
Sunday 3rd January 2021
Saturday 20th February 2021
Sunday 18th April 2021 (Rangiora Classic)
Sunday 25th April 2021 (Anzac Day)
Sunday 9th May 2021
Sunday 23rd May 2021
The Club is delighted to have both a full complement of meetings and most in the spring/summer seasons.
Your Committee is very conscious that members only had 3 of our scheduled 10 meetings in the last season and decided that no subs would be charged for the 2020/21 season. Where members have existing prepayments of subs the period will be extended by a season. New members joining during the 2020/21 season will pay the season’s sub as normal.
Members badges, carpark pass and complimentary drinks vouchers are enclosed with this letter.
While the Club is disappointed at missing out on 7 meetings during the season, it remains in a reasonable financial position. Annual accounts for the year to 31/7/20 are being completed and will again show all ongoing, substantial contribution to the costs of
maintaining the Racecourse and the all weather track.
The Annual accounts will be presented at the AGM which is tentatively programmed for Wednesday 21st October.
Members may have noted publicity over an application Taggart Earthmoving Ltd have lodged with the Waimakariri District Council and ECAN to extract shingle from areas within the racecourse, backfill with clean fill and re-grass. The working area of the
excavation will be restricted and backfilled before new areas are opened up.
The application is being managed by Taggarts and if successful will provide a useful income for the Racecourse while being managed to minimise impact on the operations on course.
Our Club Administrator for the last year Miranda Donnell has advised that unexpectedly she is resigning her position. The Club has taken the opportunity to, once again, work in with the Banks Peninsula Trotting Club and will share the services of Glenn Hames as Administrator and Raceday Secretary with Richard Bromley managing our raceday nominations and field selection as he does for a significant number of other Canterbury Clubs. This is not, at this stage, a return to Canterbury Country Harness Racing. We are
in regular discussion with other Canterbury Clubs as to how we can jointly respond to the new, changed racing environment following the shocks of the Covid Lockdown and the new Racing Act. The change of Raceday Secretary means the Club also has
concluded its relationship with Wendy Muldrew. We thank both Wendy and Miranda for their assistance and support of the Club.
We look forward to welcoming all members during the upcoming season.
On behalf of your committee