"They'll be holding out for more than $5 million," Simon Bridges told The AM Show on Friday.
Lucrative off-shore offers to the likes of Team NZ skipper Peter Burling are inevitable, after another dominant America's Cup showing.
"History was made today and with the mark of the very greatest champions in sport, they made it look easy."
But plenty of uncertainty surrounded how Te Rehutai would perform in their America's Cup defence.
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The brash Aussie co-helmsman isn't getting too carried away with his boat's first-up efforts.
The former Team NZ tactician says anything less than a 2-0 lead for Team NZ would be a huge win for the Italians.
But chief executive Max Sirena says he's more confident than ever, heading into the first race on Wednesday.
The Kiwi skipper and helmsman says his side have improved since their Christmas Cup success.
Francesco Bruni says he and co-helmsman Jimmy Spithill have one distinct advantage, heading into the America's Cup.
Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli's Aussie leader is eager to resume his rivalry against the Kiwi defenders at next month's America's Cup.
The search-and-rescue operation is being stood down.
But organisers aren't happy about the situation.
Maritime New Zealand is appealing for sightings of the missing yacht.
The Italians want to resume racing Friday, despite Auckland's current COVID-19 alert status.
Regatta director Iain Murray says winds may not reach the threshold for a 4:12pm start.
"There's still a little bit more to iron out with the boat," trimmer Paul Goodison tells Newshub.
'Patriot' should be back racing soon, says sailingworld.com's Richard Gladwell.
The Team INEOS UK skipper has expressed his relief that the incident wasn't worse.
'Patriot' will be in a race against time to repair a sizeable hole caused by its dramatic capsizing on Sunday.