Team New Zealand touch down on Kiwi soil

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Team New Zealand touch down on Kiwi soil

Author
NZME staff,
Publish Date
Wed, 5 Jul 2017, 11:14AM

Team NZ has officially touched down on Kiwi soil.

A rapturous 500-strong crowd has cheered Team New Zealand back home at Auckland Airport.

Hoisting the Cup high in the air, helmsman Peter Burling and Team NZ boss Grant Dalton showed off the silverware to the crowd.

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The pair thanked the crowd, along with skipper Glenn Ashby and teammate Blair Tuke.

Dalton said there was a lot of emotion and they were "so proud" to bring the Cup back to New Zealand.

"It's an overwhelming feeling of just pride," Dalton said.

Ashby added that: "It's largely redemption for the whole team and for the whole country, from San Francisco."

Burling got a huge applause as he was welcomed to the stage.

"To bring the Cup home has just blown us away," he said.

"We're just enjoying this moment... when it's going well, it's going well."

Tuke agreed saying: "We're just going to enjoy this. It's a heck of a milestone."

Tuke said it was "a lot of hard work before me" to get to the end.


Many of those who came to have a glimpse at the Cup are decked out in Team NZ shirts and colours; others are waving banners saying: "We love Emirates Team New Zealand."

Boat builder Peter Ockleston has not seen his family for about four months.

His son, 11-year-old Blake, 15-year-old daughter Ashley and partner Debbie Apanui are eagerly waiting for his arrival with the rest of the team.

Apanui said: "When the boat went down I cried. But Pete would ring and say 'don't worry, the boat's going to be fine'."

Blake was a particularly big fan and today had his lucky red socks on.

Apanui said their son was 6-months-old when they realised they had inadvertently given him a name that connected the family to sailing legend Sir Peter Blake.

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A post shared by Peter Burling (@peteburling) on Jul 4, 2017 at 4:17pm PDT

Earlier today Emirates Team New Zealand took the America's Cup trophy to Emirates' headquarters in Dubai.