Will Auck­land cope?

Rodney Times - - LOCALJOBS - SHAB­NAM DASTGHEIB

Auck­lan­ders caught up in the excitement of this week’s sail­ing glory will be hope­ful their city will soon be con­firmed as the hosts of the next re­gatta.

But ques­tions re­main around where such a mas­sive event would be based, given the re­pur­pos­ing of the city’s pre­vi­ous Cup Vil­lage, and more im­por­tantly who would pay the hefty price tag with the city strain­ing to meet day to day needs.

In tiny Ber­muda, a small is­land was cre­ated as a site for their Amer­ica’s Cup vil­lage and his­toric ho­tels ren­o­vated and more ac­com­mo­da­tion built.

Ex­perts put Ber­muda’s in­vest­ment in the event at around $77mil­lion - the ques­tion for Auck­land is where is that kind of money go­ing to come from?

Mayor Phil Goff said the city was extremely proud of the win and would wel­come the next re­gatta if that was what was de­cided.

But with the city bat­tling to meet the de­mands of in­fra­struc­ture and hous­ing, Goff said there was not a lot of money to be thrown around for an event.

‘‘We have got a $27b in­fra­struc­ture deficit in the next 10 years and that is a sig­nif­i­cant deficit...that is where my pri­or­i­ties have to be,’’ he said.

Goff said he ex­pected roundtable dis­cus­sions be­tween ma­jor play­ers, spon­sors, cen­tral gov­ern­ment and the coun­cil to take place sooner rather than later.

Sail­ing ex­perts at Yacht­ing New Zealand said the de­ci­sion on where the course would run would first and fore­most de­pend on which boats Team New Zealand de­cided to run with.

Wher­ever the race is held is likely to bring a lo­calised eco­nomic boom in the form of cafes, bars, fa­cil­i­ties and gen­eral in­fra­struc­ture.

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