Auckland city welcome home Team New Zealand today following their tight contest with Oracle Team USA in a compelling 34th America's Cup.
Hoards of fans are flocking to Auckland's waterfront to give Team New Zealand a warm welcome home from their mammoth effort in San Francisco.
North Shore neighbours Tracey Smith and Helen Shinegold have taken their five children down to Shed 10 to see their heroes.
All avid fans of the team, the friends took their children to school early every day to watch the races.
``They go to Campbell's Bay School, and we all know who went there,'' Mrs Shinegold said.
Today they were just excited to see the boys return home.
``[The team's] done a fantastic job,'' said the children's grandmother, Judith Shinegold.
Auckland Council has cleared Queens Wharf for the event, which begins at noon at Shed 10.
Team boss Grant Dalton and skipper Dean Barker are speaking and Dave Dobbyn will sing.
Paul Harper reports: Shed 10 is now packed with supporters, many carrying flags and banners. A lot of children have made the most of their school holidays and come down to Auckland waterfront.
Crowd just broke into the national anthem, which was followed by applause and cheering. Atmosphere here is one of pride and celebration.
Team NZ has just arrived to cheers and applause from the crowd.
Fans are being called on to perform a mass haka once Dean Barker has finished speaking.
But first Dave Dobbyn takes to the stage to sing Loyal.
``I was down here three days in a row hoping to play this song,'' he said.
A powhiri is now welcoming Team NZ into Shed 10.
Here come Team NZ to the stage.
Grant Dalton leads them in with Ray Davies and Dean Barker not far behind.
The team members shake hands with fans all the way to the stage.
There are a number of fans waving New Zealand flags and plenty of children making the most of school holidays.
Everyone stood and some waved New Zealand flags as the kapa haka group performed a powerful powhiri, APNZ reports.
Every break in the powhiri came with clapping and calls of support for Team NZ.
Dean Barker was all smiles as he waved to his fans. The first sighting of him on the big screen was met with a roar from the crowd
The crowd continue to clap as Team NZ stand on stage.
Everyone is singing the national anthem now.
Thousands of people have packed into Shed 10 and spilling out onto the wharf.
Now a waiata for Team NZ.
Dave Dobbyn to sing his classic Welcome Home.
Few tears being wiped by crew members and their families as Dave Dobbyn performs Welcome Home.
TVNZ commentator Peter Lester: It's been one hell of a journey for them and us and one that has made us richer as a country I'm sure.
The speakers today will be Auckland mayor Len Brown, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, Team NZ boss Grant Dalton and the helmsman Dean Barker.
First up a video on Team NZ's journey.
Len Brown: Emirates Team NZ you guys are the business.