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As it happened: Rio 2016 Olympics: New Zealand athletes arrive home

• About 170 members of the Kiwi team have landed back in New Zealand
• More than 20 medal-winners, including double gold medallists Hamish Bond, Eric Murray, Mahe Drysdale and Lisa Carrington, among today's contingent
• After meeting family, friends and fans at Auckland airport they left for The Cloud
• Several hundred people gathered at the waterfront venue to wait for their heroes
• Kiwi team boss Rob Waddell told the crowd: "We couldn't have done it without New Zealand ... with your support we can keep getting better."

Good morning, and welcome to our live coverage of the return of the history-making Kiwi Rio Olympics team. We'll be with you as they land in Auckland and meet family and friends at the airport, then continue to a public celebration at the Cloud on the city's waterfront.

Reporting team at Auckand airport: Lynley Bilby, Sam Hewat, Gia Garrick, Tina Trenkner-Meade and Brett Phibbs.


- NZ Herald

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