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


Mayor delighted about Team NZ’s challenge

Hon John Banks QSO Mayor of Auckland City

14 June 2004

Mayor delighted about Team NZ’s challenge

“It is great news for the City of Sails that Emirates Team New Zealand has today announced it will lodge a challenge for the 2007 America's Cup in Valencia,” Auckland City Mayor Hon John Banks said today.

“I salute the sponsors, suppliers and the Government for positively getting in behind this challenge to bring back the Auld Mug. I have confidence in the managing director, Grant Dalton, and I salute the work he and his team have done to get us back in the race,” Mr Banks said.

The Mayor said competing in Valencia would put New Zealand back up in lights.

“The 2000 and 2003 Louis Vuitton and America’s Cups added more to Auckland City than any other event in the history of our country. It was a huge opportunity to showcase Auckland to the world, over a long period of time, as a great place to live, work and invest.

“The last defence was worth nearly half a billion dollars to the Auckland economy. It brought thousands of international visitors, huge cruise ships, 90 super yachts, media from 40 countries, four million visits to the Cup village and provided a significant boost to the local marine sector.

“It is now Valencia’s time to enjoys the fruits and the pure excitement that only an America’s Cup brings.

“Auckland City is naturally delighted Emirates Team New Zealand is putting up a challenge. The City of Sails loved being the host city of the America’s Cup and we have the entire infrastructure in place to do it all again in a few short years,” Mr Banks said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election