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Genesis and Team NZ partner up for America's Cup

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Newstalk ZB,
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Thursday, 20 December 2018, 9:12a.m.
Members of the Team New Zealand team will show children the science and tech behind the boat. Photo / Supplied

Genesis has been confirmed as the official energy sponsor for Emirates Team New Zealand in the lead up to the America's Cup.

This appointment sees the company repeat its role as the chosen sponsor, following its initial appointment in 2003.

As part of the new deal, the team's base on Halsey St will be renamed "The Emirates Team New Zealand Base – powered by Genesis".

Marc England is the CEO of Genesis and told Tim Dower the company will be working together to raise awareness of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) jobs at schools across the country.

"While Emirates Team New Zealand sailors are the focus of the team on the water, they rely on engineers, scientists and boat builders to ensure their boat is the best on the water."

"The passion can go as the students get older, we have lots of people around the country working in the power industry and we know their skills are in short supply.

By partnering with Team NZ we can tour the country and really spread the word that is is a cool industry to be in."

Members of Emirates Team New Zealand and the Genesis School-gen team will tour schools with the America's Cup to inspire future leaders and innovators in these fields by showcasing the many roles that go into bringing the impressive vessel to life.

England believes the future of kids wanting to be part of the power industry is bright, and hopes this partnership will bring much needed experience to the trade.

LISTEN ABOVE AS MARC ENGLAND SPEAKS TO TIM DOWER

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