TAB New Zealand
The Totalisator Agency Board (TAB) was established in 1951 as the sole betting operator in New Zealand. The TAB is now operated by the New Zealand Racing Board (NZRB), established in accordance with the 2003 Racing Act.
The NZRB is the organisation now responsible for all racing and sports wagering in New Zealand. The NZRB works with
The NZ Racing Board currently operates more than 650 TAB betting outlets throughout New Zealand and employs over 50,000 staff to carry out the day-to-day operation of these betting outlets.
In addition to their bricks-and-mortar outlets, the NZRB operates two digital television channels (Trackside TV, TAB TV), a radio station (Radio Trackside) and also mobile and telephony channels.
The NZRB has over 130,000 account holders, which is indicative of how important racing and sports are to so many New Zealanders, and further highlights the responsibility the NZRB has in administrating the leading organisation in one of New Zealand’s most important industry’s.
The establishment of the NZ TAB in 1951 had international significance as it was the first off-course totalisator of its kind anywhere in the world.
To add to NZ’s history-making and industry leading achievements, New Zealand can also lay claim to having the first ever all-mechanical totalisator (pictured, right).
Created by English-born, NZ educated, Australian consulting engineer George Julius, the machine was installed at Ellerslie Racecourse in 1913 and first used for the Easter Saturday races on 22 March.
To put this into perspective, the first totalisator installed in the US didn’t appear until 1932.