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Private sector should foot Cup bill: Goff

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 28/06/2017
Phil Goff. © Fiona Goodall/Getty Images Phil Goff.

Auckland's focus and spending needs to be on housing and transport, not the America's Cup, Auckland's mayor says.

Phil Goff says while "some assistance" to host the event will be offered, the days of central and local government picking up the tab for the America's Cup are over, according to the NZ Herald.

Beneficiaries from hosting the competition - such as Team NZ sponsors, the marine industry, hospitality and tourism companies - should contribute the lion's share of costs for the event, he said.

An extension at Halsey Wharf to accommodate America's Cup syndicate compounds likely to cost up to $100 million has not been received warmly by Mr Goff and he was more prepared to look at the project on the grounds of what was best for Auckland long-term.

The Viaduct Harbour, which hosted Team NZ and other syndicates in 2000 and 2003, no longer has the space. A $200m Park Hyatt hotel is being built on the land occupied by the Team NZ base.

Mr Goff said potential sites would depend on what type of boats would be raced at the next America's Cup and whether Auckland would host pre-America's Cup regattas.

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