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Update from MotorSport New Zealand CEO


The year is moving fast and an update from us on MotorSport New Zealand operations, finances and projects is due given we have now completed the first quarter of the year. Of course towards the end of this quarter the world was turned upside down with COVID, so there is a lot to update you on.

Firstly we, like the whole country, have been affected by COVID-19 and I’d like to take the opportunity to thank the incredible staff for how they have dealt with these challenges. We had already been transferring many of our processes online and had been working to reduce our dependence on old manual processes and paper. So, when the lockdown started the team immediately embraced working from home effectively and efficiently.

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MotorSport New Zealand to suspend all events for two months

MotorSport New Zealand has made the decision to suspend all MotorSport New Zealand permitted events, at all levels, initially for two months in response to the fast-evolving COVID-19 situation, effective immediately until May 19th.
Following a meeting between MotorSport New Zealand Management and the Board, it was decided that the most important thing to consider amid COVID-19 was the safety and wellbeing of all members of our sport, those that offer their services at events, the community in general and spectators.
In making this significant decision, both Management and the Board hope that the sport might be able to return to some form of business as usual before the two month period in the event the COVID-19 situation shows signs of improvement.
Naturally, this suspension will be subject to ongoing review and advice from both the Ministry of Health and Government generally.
MotorSport New Zealand understands the financial impact COVID-19 will have on our Clubs and are actively investigating all avenues to ease the financial burden.

2020 Ruakaka Street Sprint – Expressions of Interest

2020 RUAKAKA STREET SPRINT Seeking Expressions Of Interest
 Due to the low number of entrants at last year’s event, I am being proactive and seeking expressions of interest from other Car Clubs who may want to come and be involved in this great event. I want to ensure I have 50 entrants this year ready to attack the circuit that.

If you wish to register your interest, or find out more about for this year’s event, please email me your contact details so I can contact you and discuss this further. I can be contacted at or on 021 071 0976.
Mark Costello
Organiser of the 2020 Ruakaka Street Sprint

Elite MotorSport Academy Applications open for 2020

Applications for the 2020 Elite MotorSport Academy of New Zealand are open. Young kiwi competitors who hold licences with MotorSport New Zealand and its affiliates are encouraged to put their names forward for the renowned elite training academy.
The academy has fostered young talent who regularly make headlines around the world for their achievements. Shane van Gisbergen, Hayden Paddon, Mitch Evans, Brendon Hartley, Richie Stanaway and more recently Marcus Armstrong have all received training through the academy.
Academy trustee David Turner praises the level of recognition the academy attracts internationally.
“We are incredibly pleased the Academy has done so much for so many of our great young talents that we have in the sport and that the FIA recognise just what we offer, which is more than many other countries.” said Turner.
“It’s amazing how quick the year passes us by, the current 2019 class are doing a great job and it’s going to be a great summer for so many of them. We are already thinking of the Class of 2020 and looking forward to seeing the applications come in.
“We urge young competitors to apply or talk to people that have attended the Academy and see just what they have to say and what it has done for them.”
Ronan Murphy, winner of the 2019 Elite Academy Camp and NZ Formula Ford racer also encourages young competitors to apply.
“The academy is about a whole lot more than driving.” said Murphy.
“They teach you things you wouldn’t even think are an important part of becoming a professional in this sport. A lot of people think it’s one big fitness camp but whilst that is one focus area, there is so much more on offer that you just can’t get anywhere else.
“Anyone young competitor who is serious about making a career in motorsport needs to be applying for the academy”
More information and the application form are available on the Academy page of MotorSport New Zealand’s website, Applications will close on March 13th 2020.
Finally, Turner reminds past applicants who were not selected should apply again for 2020.
“The big thing for everyone to remember is that if you have applied before that does not stop you from applying again so remember this, it could be one of the best decisions of your career.”

InterIslander Ferry Deal

Hey South Auckland Car Club,

With summer almost upon us, I wanted to let you know that by booking your InterIslander Ferry crossing through MSNZ we can save you about 50% on your next crossing! That can mean mega savings in your pocket!

Also though, booking through me gets you the following great benefits;

You only pay for your booking on the DAY OF TRAVEL
You can change your booking time at any time, with NO PENALTY, turn up early, turn up late… you’ll be on the next sailing!!!!!

On all sailings
Adult (driver of vehicle free) – $39.75
Child – $23.00

On Aratere vessel only
Car – $157.30
Trailer – $146.70 up to 5.5 m in length thereafter $20.80 per 0.5m over 5.5m
Trucks – $56.35 per LM (driver of a truck also receives a free meal)

On Kaitaki and Kaiarahi vessels only
Car – $145.60
Trailer – $135.00 up to 5.5 m in length thereafter $20.80 per 0.5m over 5.5m
Trucks – $51.10 per LM (driver of a truck also receives a free meal)

Just email your booking forms to or

Booking Form

MSNZ Update

Hey South Auckland Car Club,

We’d like to update you on a few things at MotorSport New Zealand.

New team member

Late last month we welcomed Jordie Peters to the MotorSport New Zealand team. Jordie joins us as our Digital Marketer and will be responsible for our social media, marketing and communications going forward.

Jordie is probably known to many of you, his previous involvement in the sport includes media manager for Formula First and Formula Ford along with assisting many young drivers in areas such as social media, including TRS champion and NZGP winner Liam Lawson.

New phone system

We have updated our phone system at MotorSport House. We no longer have a traditional landline system and instead, are operating from mobile phones. This means any direct dial numbers you had for staff members will no longer work. You can still call the office on 04 815 8015 where you will be presented with a menu.

Alternatively, you can reach our staff members on the numbers and emails below:
Simon Baker
Chief Executive Officer

Gay Rolinson-Purchase

Jordie Peters
Media / Press
+64 27 479 1510
 Elton Goonan
+64 27 367 6852

Morgen Dickson

Terry Carkeek
Technical / Vehicles
+64 21 378 446
LicencesAll medical cards and visas will now be printed onto your physical licence cards.

Temporary Licence

If your licence has not arrived before you require it, you can print out a temporary licence using the MotorSport Online system. A video on how to do this is linked below.
How to access your temporary MotorSport New Zealand Licence
REMINDER: InterIslander Ferry Deal!

Don’t forget about our InterIslander Ferry crossing deal for your summer travel. Booking through MSNZ can save you about 50% on your next crossing along with free changes and cancellation. Click here for a booking form.