|16 March 2000|
Team NZ Thank Christchurch
Successful Americas Cup defender, Team New Zealand, has thanked Christchurch for its "tremendous" welcome last Friday.
The head of Team New Zealand, Sir Peter Blake, has written to the Mayor, Garry Moore, thanking him for the "tremendous street parade".
"We appreciate that our philosophy of concentrating on winning the cup before talking about celebrating any win meant that and your team had to pull together the event at very short notice," wrote Sir Peter.
"Were also aware it came at a frantically busy time for the Councils events staff on the eve of the big concert in Hagley Park."
Sir Peter wrote that the Mayor did Christchurch and Team New Zealand proud. "The perfect Canterbury day was mirrored by the warmth of the welcome in the street. It was a day Team New Zealand will never forget."
The Christchurch City Councils events team manager, Michelle Beckett, said Black Magics skipper, Russell Coutts, told her that he had been very impressed with the turnout along the tram route and in Cathedral Square. She said Sir Peter told her Christchurchs parade was extremely well organised.
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