The vision is to establish the Addington Harness Hall of Fame to honour
outstanding achievements in New Zealand Harness racing, and to celebrate
renowned equine performances and racing personalities at Addington Raceway.
While it will collect, conserve, and display important memorabilia, the Addington Harness Hall of Fame
will not merely be a museum, but an interactive, dynamic portrayal of harness
racing history and achievement's. The Addington Harness Hall of Fame will be sited at Addington Raceway, the home of harness
racing in New Zealand. The Addington Harness Hall of Fame will
rekindle the fond memories of harness racing enthusiasts, and encourage new
participants into the industry.
The site of the Addington Harness Hall of Fame will be owned by the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting
Club. Consent has been given by their board to allow development with a rent-free 99-year renewable lease. All major structural changes will
remain the property of the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club, while the
charitable trust will have ownership of the Addington Harness Hall of Fame fit out and acquired assets.
Harness Hall of Fame
The need to honour the
achievements of the equine and human legends of harness racing was identified.
While the preservation of memorabilia is vital, the promotion of Addington and
the industry was also seen as vitally important. To this end the Addington Harness Hall of Fame will seek
to establish vital co-operation and synergies with the New Zealand Metropolitan
Trotting Club, Harness Racing New Zealand, Totalisator Agency Board, Racing
Industry Board and other racing entities and their websites.
Level of Support
Following the public announcement of the Hall of Fame in late 2000, the harness racing
community was consulted widely. Vital support was received from the
New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club and the management committee
employed professional help to conduct interviews with prominent people
representing a board cross-section of the industry.
The Addington Harness Hall of Fame is well supported by the industry and plays an important
part in both the promotion of harness racing and the preservation of its