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  1. #2881
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    the last 2 Ak cup defences were a huge win for ak + nz

    An America's Cup economic impact study estimated Auckland's regatta in 2003 injected an extra $529m into the economy, about the same as the event in 2000.


    https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/941...to-the-country

    which allowed the transformation of the viaduct area from a dodgy old fishing dock to the world class vibrant area it is today that more than pays its way

    so it's simply an economic no-brainer that investing in another cup defence would return similar gains

    but like chch council weren't up for rebuilding their own city...endless hand-wringing gets no where

    and needed a firm hand from wellington to get the job underway

    it seems ak council aren't up for much more than hand-wringing over something they've been begging for!

    do they need a firm hand from wellington to take over too?

    is wellington even up to it nowadays?

    if people can't handle "the buck stops here" responsibility + difficult decisions of governing

    then they shouldn't get into politics

    local or central
    Last edited by eri; 13-11-2017 at 09:57 AM.
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    The gains from these things are always overstated.

    The money goes to a few people. Most people in Auckland won't notice a difference.

    But I still think we should have it, it's a great event.

    I'd rather see money spent on this sort of thing than the other wasteful spending.

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    the rugby world cup

    the commonwealth games

    1 hit wonders requiring HUGELY expensive infrastructure

    that then bleeds money for years due to underuse

    eden park case in point

    the viaduct though has gone from strength to strength

    returning much more to the city that it cost

    and that's before the technological boom that has bootstrapped our marine industry into bespoke production of custom carbon fibre equal to the world's best

    its usefulness is much further reaching than America's Cup boats. Already it has milled tools for campervans and superyachts - even a disco ball and a full-size replica of a MIG29 to be used in a flight simulator.

    Core Builders Composites general manager, Tim Smyth, says the company has contracted for work to help build a railway overbridge, huge water-pipe junctions and "a two-metre teddy bear for the movie industry." He can see major opportunities in the energy industry.

    "Larry Ellison could have 'tooled up' in the United States, but the main reason we're tooling up here is the labour - the people.
    There's a level of expertise here that's only recently been recognised worldwide," says Coutts
    .

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/boating...illing-machine

    etnz's last boat was lighter + stronger that the others due to 'secret" cooking recipes of the carbon, produced by southern spars (viaduct)
    same tech can be used for cars, bikes, bridges, turbines

    http://www.sail-world.com/Australia/...e=google.co.nz

    labour + the greens always on about moving away from low value primary produce to high tech, smart growth, green industries, etc

    this is good as it gets
    Last edited by eri; 13-11-2017 at 04:36 PM.
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    Yes I agree.

    I wonder if we'll get as much value, or more as we did last time? Like will it be as good or better for the economy as it was last time. Time will tell I guess.


 

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