Backing the team for the next America’s Cup

 Backing the team for the next America’s Cup
Government congratulates Team New Zealand on America’s Cup victory·         Government commits funding to support team to stay together to build for next defence “Team New Zealand has once again made us all so proud by retaining the America’s Cup as New Zealand’s cup,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “On behalf of all of Aotearoa I congratulate Grant Dalton, Peter Burling and the whole team, those on the water and off it, for their achievements. “Peter Burling and his crew of skilled sailors showed what they were capable of in all conditions, highlighting the tactical brilliance and sheer hard work of everyone involved. “Following a hard year, Team New Zealand provided such optimism and excitement.  I know with all the international limitations that COVID created this wasn’t the competition they expected, but they’ve made us so proud,” Jacinda Ardern said. “Innovation, technology, guts and hard work have delivered glory for Emirates Team New Zealand,” Minister responsible for the America’s Cup Stuart Nash said. “We want to see it all over again in 2023.The Government has already agreed that the successful America’s Cup team will be supported to stay together while it plans its next defence of the Auld Mug. “Cabinet has agreed to invest in the team from within existing budgets. It would be subject to a number of conditions, including an expectation the Cup will be defended in New Zealand. “The defence of the Cup offers a global opportunity to promote New Zealand as an innovative and successful nation, with spin-offs in areas like tourism and export deals. “Although no request for support has yet been made, Team New Zealand has received government assistance following every America’s Cup since 2003. I anticipate a similar request will be made this year. “$136.5 million was set aside in Budget 2018 for Cup-related infrastructure and activities and not all of that funding has been spent. Cabinet has agreed in principle to use that under-spend, should it be required, to keep the successful team together while it plans and regroups for AC37. “The final details are still subject to negotiations, however it is likely to be a similar sum to that paid after AC35 in Bermuda in 2017, when $5 million went towards the team to help it prepare for AC36 this year,” Stuart Nash said. Background for Editors The Government invested $136.5 million in the 36th America’s Cup (AC36) and downtown infrastructure, of which $40 million was to deliver and manage the event. Auckland Council did not directly fund AC36 but invested $113 million into infrastructure, which remains in place now racing is over. Auckland Council has also borne substantial extra operating costs for the regatta. In addition to the infrastructure around the Cup Village, other projects to benefit from the investment include education, sporting, and marine conservation efforts. Around 150 schools signed up to Kōkōkaha: powered by wind which sees children get a hands-on scientific understanding of what makes the boats fly, to inspire them to develop skills they need for the future. Other programmes will restore, enhance and protect the marine environment. TE POU – New Zealand House·         In the middle of the America’s Cup Race Village is TE POU, New Zealand House – a dedicated hospitality venue that showcases the unique culture and manaakitanga of Aotearoa.·         Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei is the host Iwi that gifted the name TE POU.·         The name TE POU is derived from Te Pou Herenga Waka – the waka mooring post. It acknowledges the rich waka and seafaring history of Tāmaki Makaurau and the Waitematā, where many ancient Māori waka once traversed and moored near the current Auckland CBD and waterfront site.·         In partnership with the iwi of Tāmaki Makaurau, local Māori artists Janine and Charles Williams were commissioned to create the artwork for TE POU, New Zealand House. Kōkōkaha: powered by wind·         A programme provided by Yachting New Zealand, with the Ministry of Education and Sport New Zealand.·         The programme focuses on learning about the power of wind, and has three sets of school-based learning experiences:o   When the wind blows – which looks at where the wind comes from, how you measure it and its impact on the oceano   A force to be reckoned with – looks at wind turbines, ocean navigation and how sail boats use the energy in windso   How sail boats work – looks at buoyancy, sail design, boat design and foils·         Classroom experiences are backed up with a sailing experience at local club.·         More information can be found at https://www.kokokaha-yachting.nz/ Manaaki Moana – Building New Zealand’s Blue Belt·         Yachting New Zealand and the Department of Conservation (DoC) have collaborated on Manaaki Moana, which focuses on the science involved in restoring marine ecosystems.·         A number of sailing clubs around the country will be as Education Outside the Classroom centres as a legacy of hosting the 36th America’s Cup.·         Each club works with a cluster of schools, Kāhui Ako, to start building New Zealand’s Blue Belt as a means of restoring degraded habitats and marine ecosystems around our coastline. Students will work on ideas and plans to restore and monitor habitats for specific species in their rohe.

Media contact:

PM: Andrew Campbell – 021 243 8573

Nash: Kathryn Street – 021 803707

Andrew Campbell |Chief Press Secretary

Office of the Prime Minister of New Zealand
Mobile +64 21 243 8573| Landline +64 4 817 9098 | Email Andrew.Campbell@parliament.govt.nz

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