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Page 10 • MICEBTN - August-September 2018 NEW ZEALAND Auckland gears up for next America’s Cup with 2021 with New Year’s Day Kawau regatta AUCKLAND is preparing for a renaissance of its former Ameri- ca’s Cup www.americascup.com glory. The yachting regatta will, like its last editions in Australasia, drive a huge fleet of corporate events, conferences, incentive rewards, competitions and com- munity fun....Aucklanders believe in getting behind the America’s Cup with style and gusto. At the centre of it will be the America’s Cup holder, the Royal NZ Yacht Squadron www.rnzys. org.nz, while Emirates Team NZ http://emirates-team-new-zea- land.americascup.com/ will defend the Cup on the squadron’s behalf. The Challenger of Record is Cir- colo della Vela Sicilia, which will be represented by team Luna Rossa Challenge. For the NZYS it will be an ex- tra-special time, celebrating its 150th anniversary. Formed in 1871 and now one of only seven in the world, The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron’s sesquicentenary marks a legacy of world-class performance that is globally unrivalled in sailing his- tory. The RNZYS was granted Royal patronage by the British Admiralty in 1902 and with it the right to fly the blue ensign. Aaron Young, rear commodore of the RNZYS says “the 150-year legacy of the RNZYS is worthy of more than just one event at one time, so we are marking this with a year of celebratory events and occasions, the pinnacle of which will be the hosting of the 36th America’s Cup. “The stars have aligned for a huge year for us.” The lineup of events is yet to be finalised but will be launched with the 2021 New Year’s Day Regatta at Kawau Island in the Hauraki Gulf off Auckland. This is tipped to attract the attention of visiting superyachts that already have Auckland firmly within their sights for the period. Americas Cup 36 will run from De- cember 2020 through March 2021, with associated small yacht events. An offshore race from Sydney will be arriving mid-January 2021. It will be hosted by RNZYS in partnership with an Australian club following the Sydney to Hobart race. And a trans-Tasman regatta between leading Australian and NZ yacht clubs is in the planning – 10 clubs are expected to take part with non-youth crews. For a full 12 months the Auckland waterfront will be vibrating with colourful action – on Waitemata Harbour, Hauraki Gulf and ashore, both in the city and bays - especially in the first quarter of 2021. RNZYS headquarters at Westhaven Marina Key to speak at CINZ conference NEW Zealand’s former prime minister sir John Key will be special guest speaker at the Conventions and Incentives New Zealand (CINZ) annual conference in Auckland 01 November. Key was prime minister for eight years until 2016, winning three general elections as leader of the centre-right National Party. Among his portfolios, Key was minister for Tourism and now is a member of the Air New Zealand Board and chairman of ANZ. He also performs advisory and consulting roles for a number of different entities throughout the world. Breaking New Ground is the theme of the 42nd CINZ annual conference. More than 140 CINZ members including owners and managers of key venues, catering companies, accommodation providers, activity operators and regional convention bureaux will meet on 31 October and 01 November at the Cordis hotel in Auckland.