Stuff.co.nz. By Duncan Johnston.
Auckland will host the 2021 America's Cup after an agreement over the structure of the base village was reached by Team NZ, Auckland Council and the Government.
It is understood the new village deal comes after a further plan was proposed by Emirates Team New Zealand to bring substantial savings to the costly revamp of Wynyard Point proposed by Economic Development Minister David Parker.
The Team New Zealand plan essentially eliminates the need for any extension of the Halsey Wharf which brings with it a significant cost reduction and situates the team in the Viaduct Events Centre. One team, likely to be Challenger of Record Luna Rossa, would then be housed on the extension on Hobson Wharf, while the remainder of the team bases line up along the Wynyard Wharf.
While the approved plan means something of a scattered village, it keeps Team New Zealand as the focal point and, crucially, means they get to the defend the Cup on their own waters after months of uncertainty.
The plan is pending approval by the Auckland Council Governing Body and final sign off by Finance Minister Grant Robertson on Thursday but that appears a formality.
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