Under-fire Hoggard quits racing integrity job

Kerry Hoggard

NBR Rich Lister Kerry Hoggard has quit as chairman of the racing integrity unit after strong criticism of his appointment.

Mr Hoggard stepped down after a meeting of Harness Racing NZ late last week.

He was nominated to the RIU – the disciplinary body overseeing thoroughbred, harness and greyhound racing – by Harness Racing NZ.

RIU general manager Mike Godber told NBR ONLINE he was not given reasons for Mr Hoggard's resignation.

Former Act MP Stephen Franks strongly objected to Mr Hoggard being appointed chairman of the RIU, as he was the subject of a Securities Commission investigation into insider trading in 2000.

Mr Hoggard bought $635,000 of Fletcher Challenge shares when he was chairman, just before the company announced its best half-year earnings in four years.

Mr Franks and the late Business Roundtable director Roger Kerr won an out-of-court settlement against Mr Hoggard, who repaid the difference between the share price, with $350,000 going towards establishing the Business Integrity Trust.

Mr Godber says the nominee for Mr Hoggard's replacement is Harness Racing NZ's deputy chairman Ray O'Connor.

callison@nbr.co.nz

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Only thing Mr Hoggard can do. Bad enough that he was involved in the insider trading investigation and out-of-court settlement in Fletcher Challenge. He compounded his lack of judgment by becoming a member of the Saveourfarm xenophobic organisation.

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Should be a place for him on the board of the TAB.

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You make a mistake in this country and you are never allowed to forget. Franks has always had a holier than thou attitude.

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That was not a mistake. It was making money from others using information privy to a select few.

And it was not one mistake. He came out all patriotic over NZ farms being sold to overseas interests but conveniently failed to mention how he shifted Nufarm to Australia, and how he sold shares to the Japanese!

Trust a person like that in an integrity job?

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