Paralympians set for welcome home event in Auckland, fresh from Rio triumph

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The victorious New Zealand Paralympic team, hopefully recovered from their jetlag, get a welcome home from the public in Auckland this morning.

After being greeted by fans at Auckland Airport early yesterday morning, the 31 Paralympians will attend a public welcome home event at the AUT Millennium Institute on the North Shore from 10am to 11.30am.

The event will be live streamed here on ONE News Now.

Video: Welcome home Sophie! Catch up with New Zealand's para-swimming legend on her return to NZ
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NZ's most decorated Paralympian, Sophie Pascoe, arrives in Auckland with a swag of medals from Rio.
NZ's most decorated Paralympian, Sophie Pascoe, arrives in Auckland with a swag of medals from Rio.
Source: Breakfast

New Zealand won 21 medals at the Rio Games including nine gold, five silver and seven bronze.

The Paralympians are asking the public to dress in black and gold to show their support at today's event.

The team will be announced and called in sport by sport before the Chef de Mission Ben Lucas speaks.

Selected Paralympians will take part in a question and answer session and the team will mix and mingle with the crowd.

Paralympics New Zealand said they hadn't initially planned on holding a welcome home ceremony but decided to because there has been so much public interest in the Games.

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