Watch: Relive Team NZ America's Cup victory parade as thousands brave the rain to welcome our boys back in Auckland

Relive 1 NEWS NOW's live coverage of the Emirates Team New Zealand America's Cup victory parade in Auckland.

3:06pm: The Team NZ crew will be celebrating long into the night here in a very soggy and wet Auckland. Next up for the team will be another victory parade in Wellington next Tuesday with the Auld Mug, followed by parades in Christchurch and Dunedin on Wednesday and Thursday respectively. 

2:28pm: Team NZ are making their way to 'The Cloud' on Queen's Warf where the parade and celebration will continue.

2:20pm: The crew are currently moving through Auckland harbour on a boat with their umbrellas up as they wave to fans along the viaduct.

2:07pm: Five Wakas come out now into the harbour to greet the Team NZ crew.

1:57pm: Grant Dalton has mentioned in his speeched in front of a packed viaduct that Team NZ will be taking the Auld Mug to the regions and presenting it to different parts of the country.

Burling was in his element as he respectfully accepted the challenge. Source: 1 NEWS

1:50pm: Speeches have begun now with Prime Minister Bill English saying Team NZ are an inspiration for many young Kiwis and that he hopes their victory and today's parade "inspires the All Blacks on Saturday".

1:41pm: The crew up on stage now with Kiwi rapper David Dallas who is performing now on a packed Auckland viaduct.

1:38pm: Prime Minister Bill English says many at Team NZ probably "didn't realise the sense of ownership New Zealanders have over the America's Cup".

1:30pm: Peter Burling leading the side out to a wero as Team NZ are greeted with a passionate haka by local iwi on Auckland's viaduct.

The weather isn’t wiping the smile off anyone’s faces though! Source: 1 NEWS

1:26pm: How heavy is the America's Cup trophy? Well according to Peter Burling the Auld Mug is roughly around 18 kilograms.

1:15pm: The rain is absolutely bucketing down now as a drenched Peter Burling holds up the 'Auld Mug' to the Auckland crowd.

1:11pm: Team NZ cyclor Joe Sullivan, a former fireman, says "no one quite knows how to celebrate like Kiwis" and is overwhelmed by the welcome in Auckland.

12:59pm: Grant Dalton says he didn't understand the full support of Kiwis behind Team NZ until he turned out for the parade today.

Not even a bad weather forecast could dampen the mood of excited and proud Kiwis in Auckland’s CBD. Source: 1 NEWS

12:53pm: Team NZ cyclor Simon Van Velthooven says seeing the turnout for the team at the parade in Auckland is "pretty amazing".

12:45pm: The key men that brought the cup back to New Zealand, Peter Burling, Grant Dalton and Glenn Ashby hold the cup as they wave to fans.

12.40pm: Team NZ are making their way down Queen Street with the Auld Mug on full display as thousands of fans cheer and throw confetti. 

12.30pm: The parade is underway in Auckland's CBD with the team being led by a marching band.

Not even bad weather can spoil today’s America’s Cup celebrations in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS

12.20pm: The team is assembled and ready to begin the parade from Aotea Square.

12.10pm: A powhiri welcomes Emirates Team New Zealand as they arrive to take part in the parade.

12pm: Thousands are gathering in Auckland's CBD to catch a glimpse of the Auld Mug as it's paraded down to the Viaduct this afternoon.

The route for Emirates Team New Zealand's America's Cup victory parade.
The route for Emirates Team New Zealand's America's Cup victory parade. Source: Auckland Transport Authority

The victory parade to celebrate Team NZ's outstanding campaign in Bermuda, which was capped off with a convincing 7-1 win over Oracle Team USA in the America's Cup match, will begin this afternoon at Aotea Square at 12:30, before heading down Queen St.

Planning has been made more difficult by huge roading projects clogging the CBD. Source: 1 NEWS

The team will then hook behind the train station and along Quay St before they then board a boat and sail around the viaduct and inner city wharves.

The America's Cup holders were greeted by Maori elders at Aotea Square. Source: 1 NEWS

'This is not New Zealand' - victims of sexual abuse while in state care demand Royal Commission

Victims of physical and sexual abuse while in New Zealand state care have presented petitions on the steps of Parliament this morning calling for a full inquiry into historical abuse.

The Human Rights Commission is now backing the calls, and Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy told the crowd of around 200 this morning: "This is not New Zealand".

In the past, the Government has ruled out an inquiry, arguing New Zealand is different to other countries that have issued Royal Commissions into sexual abuse because apologies and compensation have been paid out here.

However, the Labour and Green parties have backed this latest call for an inquiry with MPs from both parties accepting this morning's petitions.

Last year, Judge Carolyn Henwood recommended an inquiry after chairing the Confidential Listening and Advice Service, which heard stories from more than 1100 victims.

Victim and support groups say the full extent of the abuse suffered historically by children in New Zealand state care isn't known because a full investigation has never occurred.

It's not the first time a petition has been taken to parliament calling on an inquiry.

Earlier this year state care sexual abuse victim Grant West travelled around New Zealand collecting signatures for a petition, calling for a Royal Commission.

Abuse petition presented at Parliament
Abuse petition presented at Parliament Source: 1 NEWS


Watch: Team NZ show their musical chops by jumping on stage and rapping with David Dallas

Team NZ got into the spirit at their America's Cup parade in central Auckland as rapper David Dallas broke out his song Runnin' at the Viaduct.

Members of the team jumped on stage alongside Dallas, with foil trimmer Blair Tuke in particular enjoying his time behind the mic. 

The sailors were beaming as they unwound to the music on Auckland’s waterfront. Source: 1 NEWS

Burling was in his element as he respectfully accepted the challenge. Source: 1 NEWS

The Team NZ CEO has big plans for the future of the America's Cup. Source: 1 NEWS

Make no mistake, the America's Cup is definitely ours once again. Source: 1 NEWS

Thousands turned out as Peter Burling and his team paraded the America's Cup in Auckland. Source: 1 NEWS