America's Cup gets NZ border exemption

Ben McKay

The New Zealand government has let in more than 400 foreigners associated with the America's Cup sailing regatta, despite COVID-19 border controls.

Two challenging squads, American Magic and INEOS Team UK, have been granted exemptions to the country's tight border regime.

The teams - comprised of 188 staff, 232 family members and one nanny - will be required to quarantine for a fortnight before beginning preparations for the pinnacle of world sailing.

"The America's Cup would not be able to go ahead unless these international syndicate teams are allowed entry into New Zealand," Economic Development minister Phil Twyford said.

"Approving these border exemptions allows the teams to start setting up their bases, and carry on key design and boat testing that can be progressed from our shores in New Zealand."

The event is due to take place in March next year in Hauraki Gulf, near Auckland.