Celebrations for Team New Zealand as they claim the America's Cup


Sports Minister Jonathan Coleman is at the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club in Wellington. He says it's going to be the 'greatest day'. He says there'll be discussions in the coming days about what happens next.

Auckland will welcome home the victorious Team New Zealand's crew, with Thursday next week - July 6 - looming as the most likely day for the parade.

Once the America's Cup win was sealed in Bermuda on Tuesday with a stunning 7-1 win over Oracle Team USA, the talk there was that the majority of team members would be back in New Zealand on Wednesday next week.

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development chief executive Brett O'Riley​ confirmed there would be a homecoming parade but exact details were to be decided.

Emirates Team New Zealand helmed by Peter Burling celebrate after winning the America's Cup.

Emirates Team New Zealand helmed by Peter Burling celebrate after winning the America's Cup.

With Queen Street ruled out because of construction work, the parade route is likely to take in Auckland's waterfront.

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"It's been 14 years since the America's Cup left New Zealand. Emirates Team New Zealand's efforts to reclaim the cup have done our country proud, and we congratulate the team on their monumental achievement."

O'Riley said the date and route needed to be confirmed and more details would be available in the next couple of days.

Auckland's Viaduct sparkled in a specially designed lighting display on Tuesday evening as people celebrated the win. 

There were fireworks, smoke and effects let off for about 90 seconds followed by a lighting display along the viaduct seawall.

Auckland's Skytower was also being lit up in black and white to mark the victory.

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Auckland mayor Phil Goff told Radio New Zealand he had already had discussions with someone in Bermuda about a parade.

He said speculation was that the parade might be on Thursday but he couldn't confirm that yet. 

The issue would be that many members of the team would be arriving home on different days, Goff said. 

The organisers have ruled out Queen St due to construction but the parade will be held in central Auckland.

The waterfront and viaduct would instead form a large part of the day. 

 - Stuff


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