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    Emirates Team New Zealand today welcomed an interim Government investment of $5 million towards the team’s challenge for the 35th America’s Cup.

    Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce said the bridging funding would enable the team to retain designers, sailors, support crew and administration for the next challenge.

    Managing director Grant Dalton said the team was working on the challenge almost from the last race day in San Francisco. “The extent of the enthusiastic reception when we arrived back in New Zealand was both unexpected and encouraging and an incentive to challenge again.

    “We have been talking informally to existing and potential sponsors. We will begin to develop a business plan and sponsorship proposals so that we can start calling on them from next month.”

    He said the team, and sponsors, looked forward to the announcement of the rules for the 35th America’s Cup early in the New Year.

    “Decisions by Oracle on venue, dates and class of yacht are fundamental to the way ahead.”
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    if anyone wants to donate to ETNZ there's a website for that plus they are selling books with comments based on the Letter to ETNZ from Team NZ (our name's on the boat)

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    Quote Originally Posted by fototaker View Post
    if anyone wants to donate to ETNZ there's a website for that plus they are selling books with comments based on the Letter to ETNZ from Team NZ (our name's on the boat)
    https://www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/teamnzac35

    $165,322.39 NZD raised thus far!
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    dat is VERY refreshing to hear!! it's not a lot but every little bit helps. orig post i didnt post the book link cuz been having problems

    here's a USA version http://www.blurb.com/b/4684112-our-name-is-on-the-boat

    UK http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/4684112-our...is-on-the-boat

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    when i went to the website just now they totaled up a bit more: NZD$ 165,778.15 and remember: EVERY BIT HELPS! please repost the link(s). dont feel good just plan-out donating? want something in return? get the book. thanks any and all donating!!! it's for a GREAT cause - the America's Cup would be a sad place without Team New Zealand!!

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    dam PB; you look GOOD in that red shirt! you slimmed down too - that's great but now you won't float as well

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    Reports Dalton has embarked on a fund raising quest...




    Team New Zealand boss Grant Dalton is encouraged by initial responses from his syndicate's major sponsors as he sets off on a fundraising drive to launch another America's Cup challenge.

    Dalton heads to Europe and the United States next week for meetings that will be crucial to the future of the syndicate and another tilt at the Auld Mug.

    It appears the massive exposure Team New Zealand got in their enthralling tussle with cup holders Oracle and the subsequent outpourings of goodwill, haven't been lost on the companies that have been major backers.

    Dalton says his energy levels are ramping up and he has been busy organising his overseas trip.

    Contact with established sponsors had produced positive responses. They have first rights over renewing deals and are Dalton's immediate targets.

    "I've been getting great response offshore for meetings," Dalton said, delighted to be able to get a foot in the door again to push the Kiwi cause.

    Before he leaves, Dalton intends meeting controversial internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom.

    Dotcom cheekily said he would help fund another campaign in the immediate aftermath to the gut-wrenching loss to Oracle in San Francisco. He reiterated that last weekend, saying he was genuine about wanting to be involved, believing his company could offer valuable technology to enhance boat performance, as well as "a couple of million [dollars]" in funding.

    Taking on Oracle's billionaire backer and technology guru Larry Ellison in an "intellectual challenge" clearly appeals to the larger than life German.

    Dalton has cleared the meeting with the Government given the continued reliance on public money and John Key's tense relationship with Dotcom.

    "We'll have a discussion and see where it goes," Dalton said of sitting around a table with Dotcom, emphasising a need for transparency through this process.

    Clinging to a $5 million government grant to act as bridging finance to keep the syndicate alive until May, Dalton said the first positive effects of that handout were being felt.

    The "critical" Team New Zealand design people were being locked in first and discussions were opening with the sailing crew.

    The funding is to ensure key personnel are retained rather than poached by a growing number of rival syndicates who are keen on being involved in the next cup after seeing the success of the final in San Francisco.



    At this stage entries from Australia, Sweden, Italy and Britain all look likely to materialise and the pressure for design and sailing expertise is increasing.

    - © Fairfax NZ News
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    Kim Dotcom, now there's an unsavory character I would want to be associated with? Who's next, Kim Jong Un?

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