'We're working hard to get what Team NZ needs' – Phil Goff on America's Cup future

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff is promising to do everything he can to deliver Team New Zealand what they want for the 2021 defence of the America's Cup.

Following yesterday's surprise announcement from the Auckland City Council about the future of the America's Cup village, Goff appeared on Breakfast to reassure Team New Zealand that he is doing everything he can for a successful cup defence in 2021.

"We're really working hard to actually get what Team New Zealand needs for a successful competition," he said.

"You don't always get what you want, but we're going to bend over backwards to give you what you need."

"We're listening to Team New Zealand, we're trying to accommodate their needs - but in the end, we've also got to do what's best for Auckland and New Zealand."

Goff was also confident that he'd be able to deliver a proposition that will keep the cup in New Zealand, rather than see it head offshore, with Italy mooted as another possible hosting option.

"I don't think that's on the cards at the moment."

"You can't totally rule that out, but there's been no suggestion made to us in any of our discussions with Team New Zealand that they want or intend to go elsewhere."

"We've got to deliver these sites that are purpose fit for Team New Zealand, we'll do that."

Auckland's Mayor is desperate to finalise plans for the 2021 challenge. Source: Breakfast