Bludging Team NZ seeking new marks for more bludging

The Colin Craig of sport, Team New Zealand, who have spent millions of dollars of taxpayers money losing, are now seeking other targets for their corporate bludging.

And the cash strapped Auckland Council is one of the marks.

Auckland Council’s major events funding body is interested in working with Team New Zealand to secure hosting rights for the America’s Cup Qualifying regatta ahead of the challenger finals and 35th Cup match in Bermuda.

America’s Cup organisers revealed this week they had received a “serious proposal” from the Kiwi syndicate to host a “major event or events” in the lead-up to the big show in Bermuda in 2017.

Emirates Team New Zealand have been reluctant to discuss the details of that bid, pointing to commercial sensitivities.

Given Team NZ’s continued involvement in the America’s Cup now looks to hinge on securing the hosting rights for the key pre-regatta, their caution around revealing their plans is understandable.

With the Government making it plain they do not see any leveraging opportunities in Bermuda, Team NZ boss Grant Dalton hinted their business case for further taxpayer money will focus on the potential economic benefits from hosting the month-long event in early 2017.

Here’s a thought…how about some of the multi-millionaire sailors…including Dalton take a haircut on their pay.

“As a pre-eminent country of the America’s Cup and a country that understands it more than any other country, bringing the racing here – which wouldn’t be able to happen without this organisation’s existence – I think is a pretty big drawcard,” said Dalton

But staging an event of that scale would require support from various Auckland Council agencies – the net result being even more public funds being poured into Team NZ.

The America’s Cup is not a contest, like Rugby, between nations it is a contest between rich prats with more money than many small countries…including NZ.

The game’s up…find money elsewhere and not from the Council.

Still the little Napoleans at ATEED are looking at some weapons grade troughing to go with “sponsorship”.

Brett O’Riley, chief executive of Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (Ateed), said his organisation was made aware Team NZ would be pursuing the opportunity to host the America’s Cup qualifiers, slated for early 2017, but he had yet to receive any formal proposal. “If we can manage to secure a challenger series here, that’s something that we certainly would be very interested in,” said O’Riley.

“But like all these things it comes down to running the numbers and seeing if they stack up.”

They don’t, and never will.

Team NZ should be sold off and money gained from that given back tot eh government.

Game over chaps, hope you enjoyed your state funded hobby.


– NZ Herald