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Members of the Auckland Trotting Club formally received and signed off their 2016 Annual Report at the harness racing organisation’s Annual General Meeting last night. “The transformation has started and a bold new future is appearing for the Auckland Trotting Club,” said chief executive of Alexandra Park, Dominique Dowding. Upon reviewing the 2015/16 financial year, Ms Dowding highlighted initiatives the board is taking to turn around falling racing returns in the coming years. Initiatives have included the decision to incentivise those owners and trainers loyal to Alexandra Park from August this year with further rewards planned in the future.  Ms Dowding stressed that key to the club’s reinvestment into harness racing has been its success in other aspects of its business, particularly its high-end urban village redevelopment at 223 Green Lane West now under construction.  She reported to members that almost all of the 246 apartments in stage one and two have sold in just 18 months for a value in excess of $270m. The leasing of the development’s 5,000sqm ground floor retail space is also progressing well with many agreements of lease now signed. The approval in Auckland Council’s new unitary plan for the rest of the club’s Green Lane West frontage to be zoned ‘mixed-use’ was described as exciting news which would importantly allow for any future development the club may want to pursue.  Also adding to the property value of the Epsom site has been the construction of a new training centre and long-term lease by The Blues rugby franchise from January this year. An update was given to attendees on club’s agreed 2014 strategic vision which prioritises reinvigorating harness racing, growing the business including finding new revenue sources, as well as growing the value and returns within the club’s property portfolio. Over the past financial year, Ms Dowding said good progress was achieved in all three strategic pillars and the club’s commitment to financial sustainability remains steadfast. “The board and management remain focused ensuring that we maintain a long-term strategic horizon so that we can ensure that harness racing is brought back into the thriving industry it once was.” The club reported a net surplus before taxation of over $6.8m for the 2015/16 year and a small operating loss of $283,190 after depreciation and amortisation. The operating loss was better than forecast and reflected the board’s decision to reinvest more money back into racing. Auckland Trotting Club president Bruce Carter said performing better than budget in such difficult times for harness racing “shows what a great job our management team is doing led by our CEO Dominique Dowding.” He said the club’s financial performance over the past year is one the board considers as “very satisfactory”.   “Going forward this board is striving to make sure that the future of the Auckland Trotting Club is secured, which will establish greater stakes at ATC meetings and an upgrade to our facilities. By starting our (owners and trainers) incentives early, on 1 August, the board is predicting a loss for the coming (2016/17) year after depreciation of $450,331. This loss is anticipated until the 2017/18 season when additional income is derived from our developments,” said Mr Carter.   Alexandra Park’s overall trading operations improved for the fourth year running – up by $1.44m or 15% on last year, noting the club’s function centre hosted over 750 events with functions revenue up 5.8%. The food and beverage division achieved 7% revenue growth, with key race night dining events enjoying substantial growth. The club’s sponsorship revenue was up 9.5% on the previous year. Such key trading increases have been critical for Alexandra Park given that racing revenue was down again this year due to static industry funding and falling on and off-course betting. Good news for racing included the club’s ongoing investment in and popularity of the Franklin Park Training Centre, working effectively with Cambridge to improve the racing calendar and maximise the available horse pool, increasing stakes and incentives such as appearance fees, and the club’s commitment to exploring options to increase ownership through syndication. Ms Dowding reflected on the club’s biggest day in the 2015/16 year – when they learned that then president Kerry Hoggard had suddenly passed away in October last year. “President Bruce Carter and the board have stayed completely focused and united in seeing our vision through… I know Kerry would be proud,” she said. Also testament to the board and staff’s commitment was the club winning Best Of The Best for ‘Excellence in Strategy & Planning’ at the 2015 Westpac Business Awards. This year it is a double finalist in marketing and customer service.  At last night’s Annual General Meeting Bruce Carter was re-elected president of the Auckland Trotting Club, Rod Croon was re-elected vice president, and all other seven directors were returned.  At the meeting members also approved in principle entering stage three of the 223 Green Lane West urban village development and for the board to proceed with the necessary investigative work.  

Alexandra Park has confirmed more than $270m in sales of its high-end apartments in less than 18 months. Now only 16 apartments in stage one and two remain for sale in the significant urban village development, exceeding even the most optimistic expectations of the harness racing Auckland Trotting Club. Construction is well underway on part of Alexandra Park’s large Green Lane West carpark. It is one of the city’s largest brownfield developments and has been dubbed Auckland’s fastest selling. The urban village will include 246 apartments. Beneath will be a unique FreshChoice grocery concept, boutique retail and some favourite New Zealand hospitality names and brands soon to be announced. Last month it was revealed the development’s largest penthouse sold for $4.75m by Colliers International. Just one penthouse remains for sale – which will enjoy commanding views and superior interiors. “It is truly exciting that here in Epsom our penthouses have commanded such prestigious prices and our apartments have proven to be so popular. It completely reinforces our desirable location and the huge emphasis we’ve put on delivering absolute quality,” says Alexandra Park chief executive, Dominique Dowding. Other factors that buyers have cited include the comprehensively master-planned environment with great public spaces, the apartments’ ‘freehold title’ status, the double grammar school zone, and the prospect of strong capital gain. “When we opened our display apartment last year, we never envisaged the level of interest we’ve sustained. Literally thousands have come through, and we’ve also successfully reached our target market. “We’re selling mostly to well-established locals who want to stay in the area - the likes of empty-nesters and professionals. They’re attracted by a strong sense of community, great lifestyle and amenities, and just having a place they can easily lock-up and leave,” says Ms Dowding. About 750 residents, mostly owner-occupiers, will live alongside the live trotting track – a dramatic transformation that will create a new heart for Epsom and make Alexandra Park a real destination for shoppers and café lovers alike, says Ms Dowding “The club wanted to show real leadership from day one. We’re determined to deliver an exemplary outcome for Auckland - poised to further intensify with the new Unitary Plan. The fact that we’ve nearly sold out shows Aucklanders are well and truly ready for quality medium-density lifestyle living,” she says. Celebrated Vancouver urban design expert Joe Hruda is overseeing the transformation. While Auckland’s award-winning RTA Studio is the lead architect. Long-time New Zealand-owned construction company, Canam, is building stage one and respected Australasian company Ganellen is building stage two. N-Compass are the project managers. The on-site apartment display suite is open from 12pm to 4pm daily or by appointment by calling 0800-275-484 or visiting www.apliving.co.nz Link to watch the two-minute CGI video of Alexandra Park’s urban village.

Alexandra Park’s (Auckland Trotting Club) largest and most luxury penthouse has just sold for $4.75m by Colliers International.  Auckland’s leading development includes five penthouses sitting above Alexandra Park’s significant urban village now under construction on Green Lane West. The large brownfields development has been dubbed Auckland’s fastest selling, with just one penthouse remaining for sale – all set to enjoy commanding views and superior interiors. The just-sold 489sqm penthouse includes a staggering 140 square metres of external balconies – the balconies alone almost add up to the equivalent size of an entire average New Zealand house! It also comes with three carparks. “It is truly exciting that a penthouse in Auckland’s central suburbs can command such a prestigious price. It completely reinforces our comprehensive quality offering and truly desirable location. What’s more, this latest sale takes our total residential sales since March last year to over $260m – a significant milestone for our development, says Alexandra Park chief executive Dominique Dowding. Located on the top level, Alexandra Park’s penthouses will come with some expansive views including the volcanic cones of Mt Hobson, Mt St John, Mt Eden, One Tree Hill, as well as the central city’s skyline, Rangitoto, Waitemata Harbour, and the Hauraki Gulf. As well as their dramatic views, the penthouses boast exemplary indoor-outdoor living. Their private outdoor ‘garden rooms’ have electronic louvre roof coverings complete come with rain activated sensors to ensure all year-round use. Inside, the living areas of the penthouses are sophisticated, spacious and will include beautiful Gaggenau kitchen appliances, a gas fireplace as well as double-glazed floor to ceiling glass. What’s more they have three bedrooms, multiple living areas, ample storage, and three metre ceilings. As well as their superior specifications and finish, Ms Dowding says the penthouses come with some unprecedented amenity. The village beneath will include a grocer, boutique retail and some soon to be announced cafes and restaurants. Not to mention Lido Cinema and historic Cornwall Park both just across the road. “Another point of difference for Alexandra Park is the fact that all apartments and penthouses come with freehold titles and of course our central Epsom location also puts you right in the double grammar zone. While there’s plenty of Auckland apartments in the zone, I can’t think of any other penthouses of this size and quality that are in the zone, let alone Epsom,” says Ms Dowding. Director of Residential Project Marketing at Colliers International, Jeff Davidson, says the purchasers were reluctant to be named but said key aspects in their decision-making included the penthouse’s sheer spaciousness, central location, views, the high spec fit-out, the urban village’s quality master-planned environment, the sense of community and proximity to family.  While RTA Studio is the lead architect, celebrated Vancouver urban design expert Joe Hruda is overseeing the outside transformation which will include plenty of world-class public spaces and promenades. N-Compass are the project managers. The on-site apartment display suite is open from 12pm to 4pm daily or by appointment by calling 0800-275-484 or visiting www.apliving.co.nz A new destination is being born at Alexandra Park that will become the new heart for Epsom, Auckland. Alexandra Park’s urban village will boast a wonderful lifestyle, entertainment and hospitality precinct located in a park like setting with wide open public spaces and plazas, lined with cafes, restaurants and boutique retailers. Dominique Dowding  

Alexandra Park is set for a busy spring with a number of race-night hospitality events already proving popular, helped by the Auckland Trotting Club’s increasing use of social media to market its harness racing events.  “For our Fundraising At The Park night, for example, we’re running a competition on Facebook giving away tickets which is definitely helping to spark enquiries. And when it’s cold and wet we push out our Tropical Race Nights where a trip to Vanuatu is up for grabs,” says Alexandra Park Sales & Marketing Manager Joel Reichardt. “Social media certainly gives us the ability to be flexible and interactive, as well as nicely supports our mainstream marketing campaigns.” His comments follow Alexandra Park being named a double finalist in the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2016 - Central. It is a finalist in both the ‘Excellence in Marketing’ category and for ‘Excellence in Customer Service Delivery’. First up this spring is Thai Night on Friday 16 September, with Alexandra Park promising the exotic tastes and sumptuous decor of Thailand without the 12-hour flight time. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat Thai Buffet, a fully themed room, a drink on arrival and of course all the excitement of live racing action. The Thai Night package is only $55 per person. Then on Friday 7 and 14 October Alexandra Park is hosting its Tropical Race Nights, with dining packages starting from just $60 per person and a trip for two to Vanuatu to be won thanks to Air Vanuatu and Mangoes Resort. For Fashion At The Park, also on Friday 14 October, enjoy the fabulous Spring / Summer collections of top New Zealand designers Hailwood, Carlson, Yvonne Bennetti, Trish Peng and Knuefermann. Wine and dine in glamourous style with a three course dining package for $99 per person, while watching head-turning fashion between races. Your Fundraising At The Park on Friday 28 October gives sports teams, schools, social clubs, charities and other groups a great opportunity to raise money for an upcoming event or trip. All they have to do is sell tickets for $50 each with $12.50 from every ticket sold going towards their fundraising goals. Alexandra Park will do the rest and provide the hospitality for a fun night at the races. Fresh from its packed Mid-winter Christmas nights, Alexandra Park is now selling tickets to its Christmas At The Races hospitality evenings set to take place on Fridays 11, 18, 25 November and 2, 9, 16 Decemberas well as Thursday 22 December. “Our dining packages are always exceptional with our delicious all-you-can-eat carveries and buffets. What’s more there’s plenty of atmosphere with some prime viewing spots on offer to watch some exciting harness racing under lights, and of course the live entertainment after the last race,” says Mr Reichardt.  For further information on the dining packages for Thai Night, Tropical Race Nights, Fashion At The Park 2016, Your Fundraising At The Park, or Christmas At The Races, visit this link. For all bookings please or call (09) 631-1165 or email dining@alexandrapark.co.nz www.alexandrapark.co.nz For further information contact: Alexandra Park Sales & Marketing Manager, Joel Reichardt (021) 786-034.

The Auckland Trotting Club has been named a double finalist in the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2016 - Central. It is a finalist in both the ‘Excellence in Customer Service Delivery’ category and for ‘Excellence in Marketing’. Alexandra Park chief executive Dominique Dowding says the fact that the harness racing club is a double finalist in this year’s Westpac business awards is a huge credit to the club’s board, management team, and staff. “We’re rolling out a bold strategic business plan to build a stronger financial future for the club and Auckland harness racing. Both marketing and customer service are key to achieving that. Getting into the finals is a huge endorsement of the many steps we are now taking to deliver on our collective vision,” says Mrs Dowding. Sales & Marketing manager Joel Reichardt says Alexandra Park is a multi-faceted business that’s marketing planning and activity and customer service drive is varied and complex – making the double finalist news even more satisfying. “We don’t just have one business and one brand to promote. We’ve got to simultaneously market our harness racing activity, our significant conference and functions business, and more recently our high-end residential and retail urban village now under construction on Green Lane West. Our customer service also has to deliver across our very broad business and customer base,” says Mr Reichardt.  Ms Dowding says for a membership-based sporting organisation to receive this business acknowledgement in a largely corporate arena shows just how comprehensively and successfully the club is commercially transforming. “Given all the choices out there today when it comes to sport, entertainment, venues and residential living we need to keep highly competitive through exemplary marketing and first-class customer service. This latest nod reinforces we’re making some really solid gains that others are now formally recognising,” she says. Alexandra Park congratulates all of the category finalists and looks forward to the gala dinner on 10 November for the Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2016 - Central. www.alexandrapark.co.nz For a full list of the Westpac Business Award finalists link here. For further information contact Dominique Dowding: (021) 377-303 or (09) 630-9700

Calls to toughen school enrolment zone rules by targeting the likes of families living in newly built apartments would be grossly unfair, says chief executive of Alexandra Park Dominique Dowding. Ms Dowding is overseeing the construction of a significant mixed-use urban village at the Auckland Trotting Club and inside the sought-after Double Grammar Zone. It has been touted as one of the biggest brownfield developments currently underway in the city and one of the best-selling. “I accept the nearby grammar schools are under huge enrolment pressure, but the suggestion to target families living in newly-built apartments is grossly unfair at best and discriminatory at worst. Families living in apartments are equally part of the community and hence should have equal access to everything everybody else has. “To single out families opting for apartment living and penalise them accordingly would send the wrong message just when the Government and Auckland Council are promoting the absolute need for greater residential intensification in Auckland.” Ms Dowding says while families make up about 20% Alexandra Park apartment buyers, most people buying cite the central location, quality nature of the master-planned development, the apartments’ freehold titles, and the easy access to key amenities as the main reasons for purchasing an apartment in the urban village development. “Empty nesters and professional couples are a big part of our market, but stage two is attracting more local families and younger people. However, the families we are attracting are motivated by a number of things well beyond school zoning.” She says the fact that the development sits in the Double Grammar Zone is sure an added bonus for most, but it has only been seen as a deciding factor by a few of Alexandra Park’s buyers – and that’s according to Colliers International buyer statistics. “The impression given is that families are rushing out to buy apartments in the likes of Epsom just to get their kids into a grammar school. But our experience is most families are turning to apartment living for lifestyle reasons, to get the space without the prohibitive extra land cost, plus good capital gain,” says Ms Dowding. In just over 12 months’ unconditional sales of Alexandra Park’s high-end apartments have totalled over $220m. Over 80% of apartments for both stages have been sold while just three large penthouses remain for sale. Beneath the apartments will be a gourmet grocer, cafes, restaurants and boutique retail. The first of the 750 residents are set to move into Alexandra Park from next year. www.apliving.co.nz

Alexandra Park has confirmed more than $220m in unconditional sales of its high-end apartments in just over one year - that’s an average of about $4m in apartment sales every week, blowing even the most optimistic expectations of the harness racing Auckland Trotting Club members.  Construction is well underway on part of Alexandra Park’s large Green Lane West carpark. Its transformation into a significant urban village, including 246 high-end apartments, is one of the biggest brownfield developments currently happening in the Auckland City area. The first residents will move in just over 12 months’ time. Chief Executive of Alexandra Park, Dominique Dowding, says around 80% of the apartments in stage one and over 80% percent in stage two have now been sold. “We are living proof to all the statistics and media stories. Believe me, Auckland’s apartment boom is happening right now and interest in the apartment sector is at record levels. What’s more, it’s not constrained to the CBD this time. Let’s not forget we’re in the middle of Epsom and we’re one of the biggest lifestyle villages under construction,” says Ms Dowding.  Official building consent figures for new Auckland apartments are well up on the previous years. However despite so many residential developments underway, competition is not hurting. Ms Dowding says all the Auckland-wide apartment activity is only adding choice and fuelling interest.  “When we opened our display apartment just over one year ago, we never envisaged the level of interest we’ve sustained. Literally thousands have come through our display suite, which includes a life-sized apartment, so our buyers know what they are getting.” She puts a lot of the success down to the quality and comprehensively master-planned product Alexandra Park is offering as well as the supreme central and double grammar school zone location. Low interest rates are adding to their appeal as is the apartments’ ‘freehold title’ status and the prospect of strong capital gain. “We’re selling mostly to well-established locals who want to stay in the area. They’re also attracted by a strong sense of community, personal security, a great lifestyle and amenities. Plenty of empty-nesters are selling their old family home nearby and opting for an apartment which they can easily lock-up and leave. It’s a new and growing demographic of apartment buyers we’re now seeing in Auckland,” says Ms Dowding. About 750 residents will live alongside the live trotting track in the one, two and three bedroom apartments which are priced between $600,000 and $2 million. The development also includes terraced houses with rooftop gardens. While just three large penthouses, with expansive Auckland views, remain for sale. A unique FreshChoice grocer concept has been announced and lease negotiations are currently being finalised with hospitality operators to occupy some of the 19 ground-floor retail spaces. Ms Dowding says the announcement of some favourite New Zealand hospitality names and brands is imminent.  “What is really appealing to food and beverage is the fact that we’re creating our own bustling high street, with plenty of opportunity for alfresco dining in and around attractive promenades and public spaces. She says from day one the Auckland Trotting Club has been determined to show real leadership with its high profile development and deliver an outstanding outcome for a city poised to further intensify many central areas through its unitary plan. Celebrated Vancouver urban design expert Joe Hruda is overseeing the transformation. While Auckland’s award-winning RTA Studio is the lead architect. Long-time New Zealand-owned construction company, Canam, is building stage one and last month the sod was officially turned for respected Australasian company Ganellen to build stage two. Alexandra Park’s transformation over the next year will create a new heart for Epsom and make it a real destination for Aucklanders and visitors alike, says Ms Dowding. The on-site apartment display suite is open from 12pm to 4pm daily or by appointment by calling 0800-275-484 or visiting www.apliving.co.nz Link to watch the latest two-minute CGI video of Alexandra Park’s urban village:  For further information contact Dominique Dowding: (021) 377-303 or (09) 630-9700.

The clash of two talented 2yo fillies highlights the Auckland Trotting Clubs meeting at Alexandra Park tomorrow night. Spanish Armada starts from barrier 3 in the $150,000 PGG Wrightson Yearling Sales 2yo Fillies Final for the power Purdon/Rasmussen partnership. The Tab opening the Bettor’s Delight filly at $1.28 resembles how good the All Stars filly is. Already a multiple group winner, including the Young Guns, Sire Stakes and Caduceus Club Classic finals, Spanish Armada has earnt just over $200,000 in just the 6 life time starts. The All Star’s stable will line up another 4 runners in the Final, bringing their final number to 5 starters from the 7 fillies set to do battle. While it is now common to see the blue and sliver stars returning to the birdcage, Burnham trainer Mark Jones is looking to buck the trend. Jones will line up handy Bettor’s Delight filly Delightful Memphis, who has finished 2nd to Spanish Armada in 2 of the last 3 major races. While drawing out in barrier 5 with three All Star fillies inside her is not in her favour, she showed last week that with a tidy run, she has the point to point speed to upset favourite punters. Whoever wins tomorrow, the battle will continue at the Harness Jewels, where it is expected the 2yo section will be a highlight of a fantastic day of racing. Spanish Armada beats Delightful Memphis last start. Andrew Fitzgerald

Handy 3yo pacer Ideal World will be looking to “go one better” tonight after a string of 2nd placings for trainer Derek Balle. In his last 6 starts, the American Ideal colt has finished 2nd in 5th of those, while the other run was a handy 8th in the Northern Derby behind Lazarus. Owner A J McIntosh won’t be too bothered though, with those five 2nd placings coming at Alexandra Park at Auckland Trotting Club meetings, Ideal World has picked up a staggering $17,053.00. While he has only won the one race,  the first foal out of handy race mare World Of Dreams has earned just over $31,000.00 from just the 14 starts which has produced 1 win 6 seconds and a 3rd, while he has also ran 3 fourths. Interesting enough the only two times he has finished outside of the first 4 have been the Northern Derby (8th) and the Yearling Sales Final (6th). Ideal World is rated a $2.00 (Fixed Odds) favourite in a small but talented field which includes the Paul Court trained Cable Beach who will be improved from his fresh up run last week, while Cambridge trainer Mike Berger has his nice 3yo Max Phactor engaged from a wide draw. Ideal World's last start 2nd. Earlier on in the night Josh and John Dickie will line up Change The Rulz. Up from Canterbury, the 4yo Changeover mare was a recent workout winner and although drawn wide is a mare with plenty of ability. Last start she was only 2 lengths behind Rocker Band in a quick time and even from the outside drawn does look tough to roll. Change The Rulz last start 4th. Andrew Fitzgerald

Auckland Trotting Club president Bruce Carter has announced from 1 August a new incentive scheme will be introduced for the 2016/17 harness racing season. The announcement signals a new era and follows the board of the Auckland Trotting Club agreeing in February to a comprehensive programme to revitalise and reinvigorate harness racing in the north – a key pillar of Alexandra Park’s long-term strategic business plan. This ground breaking scheme rewards owners of all horses racing at Alexandra Park with a minimum of $250 for each starter. Trainers of these horses will receive a payment of $150. “The Auckland Trotting Club takes its responsibility of supporting the industry as a whole extremely seriously and as such we need to look after our owners and trainers. They are critical to harness racing’s future,” says Mr Carter. He says the scheme will be monitored with the view that if it is supported by the industry, the ATC board will potentially grow the incentives for owners and trainers for the 2017/18 season, and look to improve stakes in 2018/19. “We’re keen to take a leadership role in turning the industry around and this move is seen as one of the major initiatives to help achieve that,” says Mr Carter. The Auckland Trotting Club board has a range of positive initiatives it will roll out over the next three years, all aimed at securing a brighter future for harness racing in the northern part of New Zealand. As well as incentivising and growing the returns for owners and trainers, the Auckland Trotting Club also has a renewed focus on growing horse numbers, industry funding, betting, and audiences. www.alexandrapark.co.nz  

Auckland Mayor Len Brown will turn the first sod tomorrow to officially mark the second stage of construction for Alexandra Park’s significant urban village development. The occasion will take place at Alexandra Park’s former car-park on Green Lane West at 4.30pm on Thursday, 28 April.  Attendees will include local dignitaries, leaders of Australasian construction company Ganellen, Auckland Trotting Club board members and staff, and representatives from Auckland Council, Campbell Brown Planning Limited, N-Compass, architects RTA Studio, and Colliers International. Ganellen will build the development’s second stage which will include two integrated buildings with 128 one-to-three-bedroom apartments and 2,500sqm of ground-floor retail space. Building B1 comprises of nine levels above ground, while Building B2 has five. The second stage will include 248 carparks within a shared two-level basement. Chief executive of Alexandra Park, Dominique Dowding says: “This is another great milestone for Alexandra Park and is one of the largest brownfield developments currently happening in the city. Having Ganellen construct stage two reinforces our complete focus on quality. We’re determined to be leaders.” Ganellen project leader Michael Doig says: “We’re delighted to lend our experience and expertise to this first-class urban village development. This is our first major new build project in Auckland and is completely in line with the type of large residential projects that we have built our reputation upon in Sydney.” Residents start moving into stage one from mid next year. Apartment sales for both stages have been strong, with the on-site apartment display suite open from 12pm to 4pm daily or by appointment by calling 0800-275-484 or visitingwww.apliving.co.nz

Turning the first sod to mark construction for the second stage of Alexandra Park’s significant urban village development on Green Lane West will take place at 4.30pm on Thursday, 28 April. Attendees will include local dignitaries, leaders of construction company Ganellen, project partners, and Auckland Trotting Club board members and staff. Ganellen - tasked with building the development’s second stage – is an established and successful design and construction contractor. Operating in both Australia and New Zealand, Ganellen has specialist expertise in commercial, retail, multi-storey residential developments, hotels, and government buildings. In recent years the company has been heavily involved in the Christchurch rebuild. “This is another great milestone for Alexandra Park and a great day for Auckland. We’re delighted to have Ganellen on board to construct our stage two buildings. Ganellen has a growing reputation in this country and it’s great to secure them for such a significant development here in Auckland,” says Alexandra Park chief executive Dominique Dowding. Co-founder and CEO of Ganellen, Sydney-based Peter Maneas will be in attendance as will Kiwi Michael Doig who is Ganellen’s New Zealand Director and the company’s project leader for stage two of the Alexandra Park development. Ganellen project leader Michael Doig says: “This is a landmark project and a really exciting one for Ganellen as we continue to expand our New Zealand business and commitment. We’re delighted to lend our experience and expertise to this first-class urban village development at Auckland’s iconic Alexandra Park. “Ganellen has been conserving heritage buildings as well as constructing new A-grade commercial buildings and retirement complexes in Christchurch for a few years now. However this is our first major new build project in Auckland and is much more in line with the type of large residential projects that we have built our reputation upon in Sydney. It’s a key project for our company and the outcome will be outstanding. These will be high spec apartments, showcasing the best in design, workmanship, construction and building materials,” says Mr Doig. Alexandra Park’s second stage will include two integrated buildings with 128 one-to-three-bedroom apartments and 2,500sqm of ground-floor retail space. Building B1 comprises of nine levels above ground, while Building B2 has five. The second stage will include 248 carparks within a shared two-level basement. First up of course are the earthworks which will see 36,000 cubic metres of soil and basalt rock excavated. “Having Ganellen delivering stage two reinforces our complete focus on quality. We can’t wait to see the dramatic transformation of what was just a big outside car-park. This is one of the largest brownfield developments currently happening in the city and we’re determined to be leaders,” says Ms Dowding. “With our Green Lane West building site moving ahead in leaps and bounds, interest from purchasers is at an all-time high and our display suite is flat-out selling the remaining apartments. By the middle of next year our first residents and commercial tenants will be moving into stage one. It’s all go,” she says. Attendees joining Ganellen and ATC at Thursday’s sod-turning will include representatives from Auckland Council, Campbell Brown Planning Limited, N-Compass, RTA Studio, and Colliers International. Canam Construction Limited is building stage one of the urban village, with the design of both stages led by award-winning Auckland architects, RTA Studio. The on-site apartment display suite is open from 12pm to 4pm daily or by appointment by calling 0800-275-484 or visiting www.apliving.co.nz For further information contact: CEO of Alexandra Park Dominique Dowding: (021) 377-303 or NZ Director of Ganellen, Michael Doig on (021) 458-661

Shared ownership through syndication has become the most popular means for people to race horses these days and the most proven and successful entry level participation has been with the Auckland Trotting Club harness racing syndicates. They have been hugely successful in the harness racing code, proving over an extended 18-year period, that you can have fun and success at this level. ATC Syndicates have had 37 individual winners from 43 horses to the races (an amazing 86% winners-to-starters record), for a total of 207 wins and 320 placings and $8,954,163 in stakes, bonuses & sales – truly a phenomenal success story. The Auckland Trotting Club (Inc.) is an authorised syndicator under the code of practice regulating Standardbred syndication which is administered by Harness Racing New Zealand, so an insurance of impeccable integrity is assured.  You can have confidence in a syndicate that is run by one of the leading players in the Harness Racing industry and with such a history, “the proof is in the pudding”, as they say. Over the last eighteen years the Auckland Trotting Club has formed sixteen syndicates and involved over 600 people in successfully racing horses.  They have raced such standout horses as CHANGEOVER (29 wins, $2,426,765), TINTIN IN AMERICA (16 wins, $934,305), AWESOME ARMBRO (19 wins, $648,754), IDEAL BELLE (7 wins, $195,266), MAJOR STAR (9 wins, $125,449) and THE FAITHFUL (7 wins, $87,861). Four ATC Syndicates have grossed over $500,000 and 10 of the ATC Syndicate horses have won over $100,000 each, having won a NZ Cup, 3 Derbies, 2 Sires Stakes Finals, 4 Harness Jewels, 2 Australasian Breeders Crown Finals, a NZ Oaks, an Inter Dominion Championship Series Consolation, etc and have set 10 NZ Records. Having spent $1,307,500 at the Yearling Sales, the ATC Syndicates have turned over more than $12,923,089 in the industry and figures show that if you had been a member of all 16 ATC Syndicates to date, you would currently be showing a very healthy 480% return, with three 2-year-olds still to commence their racing careers. Syndicate members have come from all over New Zealand, as well as the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia (Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) and even Iceland. Advantages of being part of a larger syndicate include; the comparatively low costs, the opportunity to share in the ownership of well bred horses trained by some of the country’s best trainers, making new friendships with like-minded people, total involvement in the Harness Racing industry and the chance to participate in social events and travel throughout the year. This year the Auckland Trotting Club has once again followed its successful formula by purchasing three richly bred yearlings for syndication.  At this year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale the Auckland Trotting Club 2017 Syndicate’s three yearlings were selected by the top trainers Brian Hughes, Steven Reid & Simon McMullan, and John & Josh Dickie. The yearlings are a Bettor’s Delight / Classic Nymph colt, a Bettor’s Delight / American Sweetheart filly and a Mach Three / Bella Me colt.  All three are currently being broken-in and so far have received very positive reports and are pleasing their respective trainers. The share price is $2,108.88 (including Sales Series Payments & the first 12 months insurance of each horse) for a 1/50 share in the ownership of the three yearlings and then a monthly fee of only $160.00 (less than $37/week) per share covers all costs. Involvement in this latest Auckland Trotting Club 2017 Syndicate has huge potential to provide many hours of fun, excitement and entertainment, so if you wish to join or obtain further information, you can contact the Manager, Rob Carr phone (09) 291-9034 or mobile: (021) 227-6444, or email: rob.carr@xtra.co.nz. YOU CAN BE PART OF THIS SUCCESS & JOIN US IN THE WINNERS CIRCLE !!! Last year’s ATC Syndicate sold out in the quickest time ever – an amazing 10 days and all 50 shares were sold, so you had better get in quick, as there are only 15 shares remaining in this year’s syndicate. Rob Carr  

The Auckland Trotting Club has been named the supreme category winner for ‘Excellence In Strategy & Planning’ in the Westpac Auckland Best Of The Best Business Awards 2015. Late last year the Auckland Trotting Club won the category for the Auckland Central region. However now the club has been recognised as the absolute best business in that category across Greater Auckland – beating the regional winners from Auckland North, South, and West.  “We’re just blown away. It was great winning the category for Auckland Central in November, but now to be named the best in strategy and planning across the entire region is a huge tribute to the team at Alexandra Park who continue to work so hard and remain so focused,” says Alexandra Park chief executive Dominique Dowding. The award reflects the Auckland Trotting Club’s huge success in rolling out a bold strategic business plan which secures a stronger financial future for the club and harness racing in Auckland. A key part of that is Alexandra Park’s ambitious urban village development, now under construction on Green Lane West. Ms Dowding says as a membership-based sporting club being formally recognised in a largely corporate arena is acknowledgement of just how comprehensively the club is commercially transforming. “Winning is a huge endorsement of our vision, innovation and the culture and future we collectively believe in. In today’s climate of sport and entertainment we need to keep relevant and sustainable. The economic transformation and diversification of Alexandra Park’s business is critical to that. “Congratulations to all the regional category winners and the Best Of The Best winners. Thanks to the Auckland Chamber Of Commerce and the Westpac Business Awards sponsors. It has been a great journey for us.” Ms Dowding says Alexandra Park’s high-end urban village vision is now a reality with apartment sales strong, a new grocery concept for Auckland confirmed, and leading hospitality operators and retailers soon to be announced. Alexandra’s on-site apartment display is open from 12pm to 4pm daily or by appointment by calling the Colliers team on 0800-275-484 or visiting www.apliving.co.nz www.alexandrapark.co.nz

Long-time harness racing enthusiast, breeder and owner Bruce Carter has been president of the Auckland Trotting Club since October. His appointment followed the untimely death of then president and industry giant Kerry Hoggard who Mr Carter served under as vice-president. In his first extensive statement since taking on the role, Mr Carter says he and his board remain “absolutely committed to delivering on Kerry’s vision” – a vision that is squarely focused on building a sustainable financial future for the club and taking a more active leadership role in New Zealand harness racing industry. At its February board meeting the Auckland Trotting Club agreed to a comprehensive programme over the next three years to revitalise and reinvigorate harness racing in the north with a focus on growing funding, ownership, horse numbers, betting and audiences. “Our vision is all about future-proofing the club and harness racing generally. We have a talented board with considerable harness racing and commercial experience. Doing what is in the best interests of the club is what drives us and every decision we take. Kerry got the vision off the ground, but rest assured we’re absolutely committed to delivering it,” says Mr Carter. A key part of that vision is the construction of a significant mixed-use urban village on part of the club’s former carpark on Green Lane West. Construction has now begun, with the first of the 750 residents set to move in from mid-2017. Over $140m worth of freehold apartments have already been sold in high-end master-planned development. The village will also include 19 commercial tenants on the ground level. “Overwhelmingly our members are extremely supportive of what we’re trying to achieve. As we are an incorporated society, we have to act very conservatively in our risk management. We simply cannot fail as we see ourselves as custodians and we take that role very seriously as have our predecessors over the past 126 years.” Mr Carter says the construction of the urban village as well as the just-opened new training centre for the Super 15 Blues rugby team will add to the club’s operational income stream. “It’s these kinds of moves that will help our club to increase the stakes and vigorously improve our maintenance programme to improve our facilities. That’s why it’s good for racing!” He says another part of the club’s long-term strategic business plan is to attract new audiences. “We’re in a very competitive sport and entertainment environment, yet most of our current members are over 50. So we’ve always got to come up with new ideas and events to attract a new audience, and we’re lucky our management team and staff are talented on that front.” Part of that new direction was display over the past week with The Winger Group Oaks & Derby Festival which included a glitzy Fashion At The Oaks event showcasing some of NZ’s leading fashion designers. While on Derby Night much of the entertainment was aimed at pulling in more of Auckland’s young and trendies. Bruce Carter says the club is fortunate to have Dominique Dowding – chief executive since 2012 and charged with the day-to-day delivery of the board’s vision. Late last year her team won a Westpac business award for ‘Strategy & Planning’ – unusual for a membership-based sporting organisation. “Dominique has huge energy and has a great team around her. We’re very lucky to have her driving what are incredibly ambitious projects and we’re winning on many fronts. She gets things done and makes things happen and that’s exactly what we needed.” He says the trots alone are not enough to attract people along to Alexandra Park. “We know that new people are not going to come along just to see the horses. You have to put on great events and hospitality packages and that’s what we’re determined to do. It’s about creating an atmosphere that people want to be part of. “Let’s not forget unlike the 1950s, we’re now competing with hundreds of things happening in Auckland on any given night. So we’ve got to deliver a great experience and that’s what Dominique’s team remains absolutely committed to.” He says competition in the function and conference market continues to grow and Alexandra Park remains committed to ongoing improvements to its facilities – with big and small functions a big part of the club’s business. “Dominique’s brought on great chefs, improved the menus and put a big emphasis on delivering a great food experience which is paying off with a lot of return custom.” The Kumeu resident who spent many years in the building industry says the club needs to become more self-sufficient as outside revenue sources are not growing. “The funding our industry gets from the New Zealand Racing Board remains static which is not enough to sustain harness racing in the present form, let alone have any growth. What’s more revenue from gaming has also dried up for many of the smaller clubs, and then of course sports betting has added another form of competition.” Mr Carter says he supports the harness racing industry’s new nationwide ‘super club’ model which will come in to being from 1 August this year – this will force some amalgamations as well as see a few smaller clubs mostly in the South Island shutting their doors. “Overall the super club model makes sense. It will help keep clubs’ overheads down, it will ensure a fairer way of funds being distributed, and it’s inevitable if harness racing is to be sustained going forward.” For Alexandra Park, the new super club model won’t change much in real terms. In 2014 they merged with the Franklin Trotting Club in Pukekohe which he says now works in well with Alexandra Park. “For the last few years we haven’t been able to train at Alexandra Park largely due to health and safety concerns, so merging with Franklin provides a dedicated training and trialling facility which we’ve recently helped to upgrade. “Again we’re all about taking a leadership role in the industry. Gone are the days when young people could just go and buy 10 acres to train their horses. The merger with Franklin provides affordable facilities for trainers, breeders and drivers who we desperately need to hold on to and grow. We’re also keen to lift ownership through syndications.” Mr Carter says he will likely put his hand up for re-election as president at this year’s AGM as he’s determined to oversee the completion of the urban village development. “Alexandra Park’s vision is a collective one. We all own that vision. It’s all about future-proofing harness racing and ensuring this unique setting of Alexandra Park remains for our great grandchildren to enjoy. I’m very proud of all that’s going on and what we’re determined to achieve,” he says. Bruce Carter: (09) 412-9738 or (0274) 933-523 or Dominique Dowding on (021) 377-303. www.alexandrapark.co.nz

Syndication, or shared ownership, is fast becoming the most popular means for people to race horses these days. In the harness racing code, the most successful in this area, has been the Auckland Trotting Club syndicates, in fact it’s syndication of yearling pacers over an 18-year period, has been called “the most successful horse racing syndication programme in the world”.  The ATC Syndicates have had 37 winners from 43 horses to the races (an amazing 86% winners-to-starters), for a total of 205 wins and 316 placings and $8,934,175 in stakes, bonuses & sales – truly a phenomenal success story. The Auckland Trotting Club (Inc.) as an authorised syndicator has over the last eighteen years formed sixteen syndicates, each comprising either 40 or 50 shares and each racing two, three or four horses.  These horses were all purchased by the respective selected prominent trainers at the Yearling Sales and have been, or are currently, raced by the various ATC Syndicates. To date, all sixteen syndicates have proved, or are proving very successful. From the very first A.T.C Trot Power Syndicate, to the most recently formed Auckland Trotting Club 2016 Syndicate, they have raced such successful horses as: Matai Mackenzie (6 wins, $302,676, winner of the Group 1 NZ 2 Year Old Championship, Group 2 NZ Welcome Stakes, Group 1 NZ Sires Stakes 2YO Final, Group 1 Great Northern Derby, and named 1999/2000 NZ 2 Year Old of the Year) Linford Christie (6 wins, $72,732, including 2nd placing in a heat of the 2005 InterDominion Series) Awesome Armbro (19 wins, $648,754) Changeover (29 wins, $2,426,765 – winner of 6 Group 1 races including the $1.2m 2008 NZ Cup, NZ Derby, Northern Derby, Australasian Breeders Crown 3YO C&G Final, 3 & 4YO Harness Jewels, named NZ 3YO & 5YO of the Year and then sold to stand at stud) Spy (10 wins, $102,431) Kobe Bryant (7 wins, $123,700) Tintin In America (16 wins, $934,305, including five Group 1 wins, the NZ Sires Stakes 2YO Final, the 3 & 4YO Harness Jewels, the Australasian Breeders Crown 3YO C&G Final and the NZ Messenger Championship, setting an incredible 5 NZ Records) Charge Forward (8 wins, $97,413, winner of a NZ Sires Stakes Heat, setting a NZ 2YO Record) Major Star (8 wins, $117,099 a winner as a 2YO in Australia)  Ideal Belle (7 wins, $195,266, including the Group 1 NZ Oaks) 4 ATC Syndicates have grossed over $500,000 and 10 of the ATC Syndicate horses have won over $100,000 each, having won a NZ Cup, 3 Derbies, 2 Sires Stakes Finals, 4 Harness Jewels, 2 Australasian Breeders Crown Finals, a NZ Oaks, an Inter Dominion Championship Series Consolation, etc and have set 10 NZ Records. Changeover was the first horse in history to become a "Dual Jewels Winner" and was retired to stud as the highest stake earning entire in NZ history.  Tintin In America was also a "Dual Jewels Winner". ATC Syndicates have spent $1,307,500 at the Yearling Sales, with last year’s syndicate formation selling out in the quickest time ever – an amazing 10 days and all 50 shares were sold. The ATC Syndicates have turned over more than $12,923,089 in the industry and involved more than 616 people directly in Harness Racing ownership and figures show that if you had been a member of all 16 ATC Syndicates to date, you would currently be showing a very healthy 478% return, with three 2-year-olds still to commence their racing careers. Syndicate members have come from all over New Zealand, as well as the USA, Canada, England, Japan, Australia (Victoria, NSW, Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia) and even Iceland. There are currently three ATC Syndicates in existence, as once the last horse in each syndicate is sold they are disbanded, with all current syndicate horses showing potential and each of these syndicates is looking forward to further promising results in the near future. Already last year’s Syndicate has two 2-year-old’s that are showing some considerable promise. This is an amazingly successful entry level way to enjoy the thrill of harness racing as an owner and by being part of a syndicate, you will get to enjoy the thrill of owning and racing harness racehorses and of being very involved in Harness Racing, initially at Alexandra Park and the wider Auckland/Waikato area and quite possibly even venturing further afield in New Zealand and Australia. Advantages of being part of a larger syndicate include; the comparatively low costs, the opportunity to share in the ownership of well bred horses trained by some of the country’s best trainers, making new friendships with like-minded people, total involvement in the Harness Racing industry and the chance to participate in social events and travel throughout the year. This year the Auckland Trotting Club is to once again follow its successful formula by purchasing three further richly bred yearlings for syndication.  At this year’s Australasian Classic Yearling Sale the Auckland Trotting Club 2017 Syndicate’s three yearlings are to be selected by the top trainers Brian Hughes, Steven Reid & Simon McMullan, and John & Josh Dickie. The share price will be finalised after the yearlings are purchased, but historically for around $2,000 (including Sales Series Payments & the first 12 months insurance of each horse) you get a 1/50 share in the ownership of the three yearlings and then a monthly fee of only $160.00 (less than $37/week) per share covers all costs. Involvement in this latest Auckland Trotting Club 2017 Syndicate has huge potential to provide many hours of fun, excitement and entertainment, so if you wish to join or obtain further information, you can contact the Manager, Rob Carr on any of the numbers below. Phone (09) 291-9034 ----- mobile: (021) 227-6444 ----- email: rob.carr@xtra.co.nz. YOU CAN BE PART OF THIS SUCCESS & JOIN US IN THE WINNERS CIRCLE !!! The Auckland Trotting Club Incorporated is an authorised syndicator under the code of practice regulating Standardbred syndication which is administered by Harness Racing New Zealand Rob Carr  

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