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No matter what, NZ built the winning Americas Cup boat

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New Zealand News | Friday September 13 2013 6:35

No matter what, NZ built the winning Americas Cup boat

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Some food for thought regardless of whether Team New Zealand is successful on the water today - the country can already celebrate having built the winning boat.

The local marine industry is lapping up the spin-offs of the America's Cup, with more than $350 million dollars already brought into the economy.

Marine Industry Association spokesman Peter Busfield says it shouldn't be forgotten that the major components and fit-outs of both teams' AC72s have been built in New Zealand.

He says that's created jobs across the marine sector, including at Oracle's main boat building facility in Warkworth.

"I know that over the period of the last three or four years they've had on average eighty specialised people in that factory, most of them New Zealanders, most of them trained by the New Zealand marine industry training organisation."

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