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Martin retires from NZTBA
08 Sep 2017 | ThoroughbredNEWS News Desk 

The New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders Association advised their members earlier this week of upcoming changes to the organisation.

President John Fokerd said in letter to members that after 23 years of outstanding service to the NZTBA, current CEO Michael Martin will be leaving his position in mid-September, and the Office Manager Nicola Griffiths will remain until the end of October while the organisation moves to Hamilton.

"During his time with the Association Michael has worked very effectively for the New Zealand breeder, he has been a real champion for the cause, and our Association will be forever grateful for his input," said Fokerd.

"He has served with integrity under six Presidents including; Ross Finlayson, Arthur Ormond, John Aubrey, Peter Hutt, Peter Francis, and myself. Michael is well respected by all the many sector groups, industry committees, politicians and lobbyists he has worked alongside on behalf of our Association," he said.

The well-respected Martin has represented New Zealand on the international breeding stage as well as being an industry liasion with successive New Zealand governments and departments and organisations.

Martin and his wife Susan and their families have bred and raced a number of horses over a long period of time including breeding the multiple Group 1 winner and champion mare Sunline, who shares with Winx and Northerly the distinction of two successive WS Cox Plate victories, the only winners since Kingston Town in 1980/82 to achieve this remarkable record.

Fokerd said that the Executive of the NZTBA has been reviewing the organisation with a view to stopping the incurring losses and declining membership which has occurred over the past few years.

"Over the next few months, we will relocate to shared premises in Hamilton with New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing (NZTM) alongside the Te Rapa racecourse," he said.

A new Business and Operations Development Manager will be appointed and some administrative and support services will be shared with NZTM. A new part-time CEO will also be appointed to work in Hamilton. These new positions will be advertised over the forthcoming weeks.

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