Council ‘waiting to hear’ on America’s Cup parade

Celebrating the win. PHOTO: EMIRATES TEAM NEW ZEALAND FACEBOOK

While Auckland and Wellington have been announced as venues for America’s Cup parades, Christchurch is still waiting to hear back.

When the Emirates Team New Zealand won the America’s Cup last Tuesday, Mayor Lianne Dalziel said the city council was keen for the city to host a parade.

But on Wednesday, city council manager major events Ricard Atwood said while the team had welcomed the offer, the city council was “waiting to hear back from them”.

Auckland will hold its parade on Thursday, while Wellington will have a lunchtime parade next Tuesday.

Hundreds of fans turned out at Auckland International Airport to welcome the team home after an earlier delay to their Emirates flight on Wednesday morning.

As members of the team walked through the arrivals gate, there was a raucous applause as Team NZ chief Grant Dalton and helmsman Peter Burling raised the coveted America’s Cup above their heads.

Burling kept his words simple when addressing the crowd; saying: “We’re just enjoying this moment.

-additional reporting NZ Herald

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