Joyce afraid of jinxing Team NZ

  • 18/09/2013

Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce won't say whether the Government will bankroll another America's Cup challenge because he doesn't want to jinx Team New Zealand.

Mr Joyce is going to San Francisco to represent the Government during the closing stages of the regatta.

Team New Zealand is just two races away from winning the cup, and might have clinched it today if high winds hadn't prevented racing.

With the next two races scheduled for tomorrow, Mr Joyce is leaving tonight.

He is taking over from Foreign Minister Murray McCully who has to move on to the Caribbean and New York.

The previous government put up $40 million to help Team New Zealand challenge for the cup, and Mr Joyce was asked whether he would have his cheque book ready in San Francisco to bankroll the next one.

It will be sailed on Auckland's harbour if Team New Zealand brings the cup home.

"I'm deliberately not talking about that," he told reporters.

"I don't want to jinx the team by starting to plan the defence of the America's Cup before we've won it."

Mr Joyce thinks he'll be the minister who makes the call.

"It comes under my portfolio so it will come across my desk at some time."

Prime Minister John Key has said the Government would be keen to support the next cup regatta if it comes to Auckland, but he hasn't committed the Government to funding it.


source: newshub archive