Tuesday's headlines: Team New Zealand supporters beginning to wonder if an upset is on the cards; whispers of court action when the Cup racing is over; Christchurch mayoral candidate Lianne Dalziel offers rates relief to red zone residents if elected.
The New Zealand Herald publishes a special edition on Tuesday: the front page features a hand and two crossed fingers, as the America's Cup approaches a 'day of destiny'.
Inside, a New Zealand man who survived a massacre in Kenya has told his boss how he and his wife threw themselves on to the ground as gunmen burst into a shopping mall.
The Waikato Times headlines 'a nation on edge'. Even as the battle on the water continues and a previously insurmountable lead evaporates, the paper says Team New Zealand supporters are beginning to wonder if an upset is on the cards.
A sub-tropical storm is forecast to bear down on the Waikato on Tuesday, bringing with it winds of 130km per hour.
The Dominion Post says Oracle struck a double blow on Monday on the water and now the whispers dockside are that the Americans are planning another one in court.
The paper predicts that legal action could begin once racing is finished and will centre on the way its two race penalty was imposed.
In other news, the paper talks to the wife of Andrew McLaren and another expatriate, Greg Aldous, about their escape from the mall attack in Kenya.
There's no sign of the America's Cup in The Press as mayoral candidate Lianne Dalziel says she will offer rates relief to red zone residents still awaiting their fate, if she wins the job.
Her main rival, Paul Lonsdale, told a candidates' meeting on Monday night he's concerned about the financial impact of that policy.
The paper also says banks are expected to wipe the slate clean by cancelling pre-approved low equity home loans, potentially leaving thousands of borrowers stranded.
The Otago Daily Times says Dunedin City Council has been dealt a body blow with confirmation that chief executive Paul Orders is poised to head back to Wales.
And as for the elections, Oamaru Rotarians have been labelled ''rednecks'' and ''like a meeting of the clan'' by Waitaki mayoral and council candidate Fliss Butcher and her husband, Ian.