About MotorSport New Zealand

MotorSport NZ is the sole authority appointed by the FIA to regulate motor sport in New Zealand in order to promote and achieve:

  • safety,
  • fairness, and
  • social responsibility

in the conduct of the sport.

The key goals are clearly defined in its current mission statement as follows;

  • MotorSport New Zealand is committed to develop and maintain an environment that enables the people of New Zealand to enjoy motorsport as a leisure and sporting activity.
  • MotorSport New Zealand is committed to promoting and improving motorsport in New Zealand as a widely recognised, accepted and respected sport.
  • MotorSport New Zealand wants people to enjoy and participate in the adventure and challenge of cars being driven with speed, safety and skill.
  • MotorSport New Zealand is committed to the professional and modern management of its business. It will create an environment in which people can contribute and expand their skills in and commitment to all aspects of the sport.
  • MotorSport NZ develops and maintains systems for safety, technical, judicial, accreditation, training and compliance, and other intellectual property necessary for the effective management and development of the sport. The systems and services of MotorSport NZ are provided to members, other customers and the community in order to achieve the MotorSport NZ mission.

MotorSport NZ, its role in motorSport and how it operates:

Rules are essential. In a pursuit such as motor sport where safety is vital for all participants and spectators, it’s clear that rules and regulations must be devised carefully, observed closely and enforced rigidly.

Around the world, the general principles for motor sport are determined by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). Each member country has a National Sporting Authority (ASN), which administers and, where necessary, decides local modifications to the details of FIA rules.

In New Zealand, that ASN is MotorSport New Zealand Inc (MotorSport NZ), which is a democratically formed Incorporated Society made up of the 100 plus member clubs spread throughout the country.

MotorSport NZ has a structure of Council, Executive, Advisory Commissions and Departments to set, interpret and administer the rules, which are uniform countrywide. These bodies are made up of representatives elected through the various tiers of the sport starting with the member clubs. There are various expert panels appointed to provide additional counsel for specialist areas and to advise on technical and safety matters.

MotorSport NZ’s Responsibilities

As well as the competitors’ officials and member clubs, MotorSport NZ has responsibilities to the motor trade and other supporters, government, the public and to the FIA. Together with its organisational role, MotorSport NZ is concerned with the fitness of drivers, circuit (including all courses and tracks) safety, the construction and eligibility of vehicles, all aspects of safety, administration of justice and the progress of motorsports in New Zealand.

Enthusiasts working in honorary roles deserve thanks from us all for carrying out so much of this work. There is also a dedicated full time staff working in our national office in Wellington who are able to help you enjoy your sport to the full. The national office handles matters of policy, government and government agency liaison, administration of permits, licensing and insurance as well as day-to-day queries from member clubs and competitors.

MotorSport NZ’s activities are communicated to members through media releases, bulletins, MotorSport E-News, Organisers Handbooks, this comprehensive Manual and the MotorSport NZ official website www.motorsport.org.nz.

MotorSport NZ Anuual Report 2013


International Control of Motor Sport

Motor sport throughout the world is directed and controlled by the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA). Headquarters are at Chemin de Blandonnet, 2 1215 Geneva, Switzerland. Formed (as the AIACR) by 13 clubs in 1904, the FIA is comprised of 157 members in 118 countries. MotorSport NZ has been a member since 1956. Initially membership was through the RAC who were the controlling body for motorsport in the British Commonwealth, direct membership followed on the dismantling of the British Commonwealth in the early 1970’s.

The President of the FIA is Mr Jean Todt and the Secretary-General is M Pierre de Coninck.

Touring Aspects of MotorSport

General motoring enquiries of other than a sporting nature should be directed to the FIA’s touring affiliate in New Zealand, the New Zealand Automobile Association (www.AA.co.nz).

National Control of MotorSport

National control of motorsport is delegated by the FIA to one national sporting authority (ASN) in each nation. In many countries the ASN is also the body recognised for all motoring activities, including sporting and touring. However in some countries of which New Zealand is one, the sporting power and touring authorities are held by separate and independent bodies.

MotorSport New Zealand Inc was initially inaugurated in October 1947 as “Association of New Zealand Car Clubs”. Incorporation was achieved in November 1950 and in 1967 with a membership of 58 clubs the name was changed to “Motorsport Association of New Zealand Inc”.

In 1996 the name was changed to its present title. Membership of the organisation has continued to expand since with now just over 100 member clubs holding either full or associate membership.

The Executive of MotorSport New Zealand Inc are elected by its Council to govern the management of affairs of the society and through its various Advisory Commissions, Departments and Administration office manage the day to day operations of the sport.

MotorSport New Zealand Inc delegates authority for Karting, Drag Racing and Vintage Car events to recognised bodies by a process of annually reviewed agreements. These delegations of authority are subject to approval by the FIA, and the activities are conducted under conditions, which must be approved by MotorSport NZ and notified to the FIA.

Associate Companies

Rally of New Zealand LimitedRally New Zealand

Established in 1975 with shareholding from MotorSport NZ and member clubs with an interest in rallies, Rally of New Zealand has developed and maintained a very high International profile for the sport.

Rally of New Zealand Ltd is charged by MotorSport NZ with the promotion of the New Zealand Rally Championship, and to advance the sport of rallying in New Zealand through the establishment and organising to the highest standards International Rally Events which will form the basis of a top level of motor rallying to which junior members may aspire.

Associate Incorporated Trusts

The MotorSport NZ Scholarship Trust

The Trust is responsible to MotorSport NZ for providing scholarships and/or Academy programmes for MotorSport NZ competition licence holders and associated crew that further the education, personal growth, development of skills either in New Zealand or overseas.

The Trust runs an annual programme for young New Zealand MotorSport Drivers which provides opportunities for young drivers to develop both the mental and physical skills required to perform at the top level of the sport of motor racing. In addition to this Elite Academy, which is held in Dunedin annually, the up to 30 young drivers who are in the programme at any one time receive ongoing coaching and mentoring from experienced suppliers attached to the Academy of Sport South Island.


Strategic Plan


Strategic Plan 2015 - 2020 (PDF)  updated 2 June 2016



Association of New Zealand Car Clubs Incorporated

On 18 October 1947 eight representatives of car clubs met in Wellington for the purpose of forming an Association of the car clubs then existing in New Zealand. Clubs represented at this meeting were:

The New Zealand Motor Racing Drivers Association Auckland
The Manawatu Car Club, Palmerston North
The New Zealand Sports Car Club, Wellington
The Canterbury Car Club, Christchurch
The Otago Sports Car Club, Dunedin
The Vintage Vehicles New Zealand, Christchurch
Hawkes Bay Sports Car Club, Hastings
Nelson Car Club, Nelson
The first chairman of the newly formed Association of New Zealand Car Clubs was Mr P M Orr of Christchurch and the acting Secretary for the first nine months was Mr T Wickham who was followed in this office by the late Mr W J Cope.


At the first annual conference held in 1948, actions were put in train for the incorporation of the Association and this was finally achieved on 6 November 1950.

Early Activities

The early part of the operations of the Association was spent in gaining uniformity of rules for competitions and accordingly general competition rules were formulated to adjunct on to the Constitution.

In addition, a system of graded competition drivers was instituted and the issue of competition licences was put into effect. Other matters receiving the attention of early conferences of the Association were:

  1. The establishment of New Zealand championships for road races, beach races, trials, sprints and hillclimbs with the provision of suitable challenge trophies for the major annual awards.
  2. The introduction of a monthly magazine.
  3. The necessity for very strict controls of events conducted by member clubs and particularly regarding spectator control where speed was the determining factor.
  4. The desirability of affiliating with the Royal Automobile Club (RAC) for the purpose of the control of motorsport in New Zealand.

Venue For Events

With the natural growth of the Association and its member clubs, difficulty was experienced in obtaining suitable venues, especially for road races and sprints.

As a result of representations made to the then Minister of Transport, statutory regulations were gazetted in 1949, known as 'The Transport (Vehicular Traffic Road Closure) Regulations 1949'.

The introduction of these regulations, which are still in force today, assisted in the matter of obtaining venues for motorsport on public roads and highways.


In the period from 1947 to 1961, the Associations growth rose to 56 clubs. During this period, only three clubs severed their connections, and in all cases this was due to the dissolution of those clubs. It was estimated that in 1961 the Association, in its wider sense, had a membership of 10,000.

Recognition and Representation

After several years of negotiation, in 1956 the RAC, the controlling body for motorsport in the British Commonwealth, saw fit to grant to the Association of New Zealand Car Clubs the sole authority to control all of the automobile sport in New Zealand on their behalf. This rise in status proved to be of inestimable advantage during that time in so far as the Association was perceived.

As a consequence, it enabled it to take its place with the other sporting bodies of the world with representation (albeit through the parent body) to the FIA in Paris. As a part of this sub-delegation of control from the RAC, (the Royal Automobile Club London), appointed three stewards of the RAC resident in New Zealand who had the power to hear and determine on behalf of the RAC any disputes connected with the sport which had failed to be resolved during normal protest hearings.

It was pleasing to record that during that period of the Association's history, it was never necessary for this board of RAC stewards to convene.

MotorSport Association of New Zealand Inc


The Motorsport Association grew out of the old Association of New Zealand Car Clubs in 1967 when the then 58 affiliate clubs agreed at the Annual Council Meeting to a name change. In the ensuing period, the club membership grew to 105 clubs with a more modest increase in overall membership.

After the formation of the Motorsport Association, individual members tended to move away from the large clubs to form more specialist clubs better representing their interests in the sport, hence the rapid growth pattern of the number of clubs as against the more modest growth of overall members.

MotorSport New Zealand Inc

1996 Onwards

The 49th Annual General Council Meeting voted unanimously in favour of a new Constitution and By-Laws, which heralded the name change to MotorSport New Zealand Inc.

This major Constitutional change bought clarity to the legal framework of where MotorSport New Zealand operates. It clarified the powers and accountability of all the committees’ action and put into plain English the rules and administration structures.


Since its formation, MotorSport NZ has strived to gain international recognition for New Zealand and its members at all levels, both competitive and organisational. Its success or otherwise will be gauged on the fact that it has delegates serving on the FIA Council, FIA Rally Commission, and the FIA Circuit Commission.

New Zealanders in competition have been fortunate to achieve international recognition, the most notable being in 1967 when the late Dennis Hulme won the Formula One World Championship title. Chris Amon and Bruce McLaren became household names throughout the world for their exploits in Europe and in the United States along with Denny Hulme in both Formula One and the CanAm Sports Car Championship in America.

In the 90's we have been fortunate enough to record further success on the world scene with Paul Radisich winning the 1993 and 1994 World Touring Car Cup for Super Touring Cars and Possum Bourne winning the Asia Pacific Rally Championship in 1993.

As we move into the new millennium, we have a number of very talented young drivers who are already making a strong New Zealand presence in Australia and USA. We also have developed and are proud to call "our own", Motorsport New Zealand Officials who do an excellent job stewarding at FIA International events. New Zealand is also represented at the highest level of our sport internationally; with Morrie Chandler (NZOM) Vice-President of the FIA, Steven Kennedy on the World Touring Car Commission and Pat Higgins, FIA Circuit Safety Commission.

MotorSport New Zealand was fortunate enough to attract world championship events in touring cars in the late 80's and for a considerable period of time, has been the host of a round of the World Rally Championship.


Since the formation of the Motorsport Association, the Administration has been housed in the sports own properties.

Firstly in a floor of Westbrook House in Willis Street, Wellington, then in a stately home in Tinakori Road in Wellington.

In 1994, the Association moved into a two story commercial building in Torrens Terrace, the ground floor being leased out and the top story retained for the Administration services.

In 2005, Motorsport New Zealand built new, state of the art premises at 69 Hutt Road, Wellington, to house itself and its commercial entity, "Motorsport Promotions Limited".

Insurance Policies

MotorSport New Zealand Policy Manual

Commercial General Liability Policy


Insurance Policy - updated August 2018

Certificate (31 December 2017 - 31 December 2018)