Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Auckland in the race for Global Challenge stopover

MEDIA RELEASE


24 July 2003


Auckland in the race for Global Challenge stopover

Auckland City Council tonight decided to bid to host the New Zealand stopover of the world’s toughest yacht race, the Global Challenge.

The event, scheduled for the summer of 2004 - 2005, is a challenge for crews of 12 identical 72 footers to sail around the world against the prevailing winds.

It is expected that the 42-day stopover in January and February 2005 in Auckland will have an economic impact of about $6.5m and generate employment equivalent to 177 fulltime jobs for a year. It is expected to especially create opportunities in the hospitality and retail industries.

Councillor Scott Milne, chairperson of the Recreation and Events Committee, describes it as “a yachting event like no other, with a real focus on people and social interaction between crews and spectators alike.

“If we win this event it will provide an ideal opportunity for Auckland to once again show we’re the best host city in the world. Over 42 days Aucklanders will be able to get right in amongst the action because the stopover’s a major maintenance and refit one. The Challenge entrants embrace local participation. It’ll fit us like a glove.

“Auckland City is particularly keen to keep the momentum of the America’s Cup going and build on the vibrancy at the viaduct harbour,” he said. “This race is one of dozens of events that Auckland City is trying to evolve to ensure the marine precinct is a hub of activity every day.”

Ratepayers alone had so far invested $54 million at the viaduct, making it one of the world’s finest international yacht racing facilities. The city also knew how to turn on the world’s best welcomes for international yacht racers and their sponsors.

Auckland will compete with Wellington and Tauranga for the stopover.

The council will partner with Tourism Auckland and the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in the bid process. The stopover port is expected to be announced in late September this year.

The city’s decision to bid was debated in confidential session tonight. Councillor Milne said bid details would be kept confidential in the meantime to enhance its chances of succeeding.

A successful bid would commit the city to unbudgeted expenditure of $280,000 in the financial year ending June 2004, and further expenditure beyond that. Bid documents were not received in time for inclusion in the current year’s budget process, but the 2004-2005 expenditure would be included if the bid succeeds.

“I think all Aucklanders, but especially those at the viaduct, will welcome the news that we’re out fighting for an event which will not only allow us to once again be great international yachting event hosts, but also generate significant income and jobs,” Councillor Milne said.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news