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Auckland Council agrees to extra America's Cup funding

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Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling crosses the boat in race nine against Oracle Team USA during America's Cup sailing competition Monday, June 26, 2017, in Hamilton, Bermuda. © AP Image Emirates Team New Zealand helmsman Peter Burling crosses the boat in race nine against Oracle Team USA during America's Cup sailing competition Monday, June 26, 2017, in Hamilton, Bermuda.

Auckland Councillors have voted to give an extra $14.5 million of ratepayer money to pay for cost over-runs for construction of the America's Cup village.

The council debated today whether they should come up with an extra funding for the event as the cost of wave breaks and dredging works turned out to be higher than originally expected.

The government promised to put $22.5m dollars towards covering the extra cost, which would bring its total contribution to $136m.

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However, the Economic Development Minister David Parker said the government will only pay up if the council agreed to pitch in too.

Earlier in the meeting, the chair of the America's Cup event Tina Symmons said if the Auckland Council doesn't come up with the money to cover higher than expected costs the whole regatta could be put at risk.

The council also heard from Team New Zealand's chief operating officer Kevin Shorebride who confirmed two more challengers have been accepted for the event.

Mr Shorebridge said another couple of challengers could possibly still be accepted.

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