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Black Moon Sprinter of the year Waikato Greyhounds
Te Mawhai Racing Kennels are owned and operated by Wayne and Tracy Steele. We have 3 children Alysha, Corey and Melissa.

Our property is situated just out side of Te Awamutu, Waikato, New Zealand. With 10 acres out in a rural location it is an ideal base from which to train. Plenty of space and fresh air!

Te Mawhai Kennels from the road

It is a team effort with both Wayne & Tracy running the kennels. We pride ourselves in the care and well being of our greyhounds and in the standard of our facilities.


I (Wayne) grew up in Te Awamutu, with my family all racing enthusiasts. I spent my childhood in thoroughbred stables and at racecourses most Saturdays and standardbred stables and trials on Sundays. My father was also training a team of greyhounds.

On leaving school I qualified as a welder at polytechnic.

During this time I joined the NZ Army full time as a rifleman in the 1st Battalion Royal NZ Infantry Regiment. I was based at Linton Military Camp just outside Palmerston North. It was during leave in Palmerston North that I met Tracy, married a couple of years later, left the Army and moved back to Te Awamutu to start a family.

I had dogs trained for me during that time, so the dogs came home to.

I had always wanted to become a public trainer and so decided we had enough experience to warrant a public greyhound trainers license which I have held since 1997.

Since then we have trained the winners of Group 1, 2 & 3 races and also won heats and placings in Group races like the Manawatu Cup, Derby the NZ Winter Cup etc.

My biggest thrill was winning the 2003 Group 1 Auckland cup with "Hot Agent"

Other highlights have been winning the Group 2 NZ St Leger with Trendy Rhode, The Auckland Cup and Waikato Cups with Hot Agent and the Group 2 NZ Sires Produce with Keenjackaroo.

Recently we raced Kiki Rhode in Adelaide, Australia which was a good experience and learning curve for future trips across the Tasman.

How to find us

Situated approximately 9 km south of Te Awamutu in the Waikato region of New Zealand. From Te Awamutu, take State Highway 3 south, through the little town of Kihikihi and take the next turn on the right into Te Mawhai Road (approx. 2km). Continue down Te Mawhai Rd, through the Tokonui settlement, past the old Tokonui Hospital, we are on the left hand side approximately 5 km from the turnoff.

From the South, after leaving Otorohanga heading North you will come to a cross roads where there is a Shell Service Station on your left, once past here you need to look out for Te Mawhai road which will be the next road to your left. If you get to Kihikihi you've gone too far!!

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