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Parliament congratulates Olympic team

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/08/2016

Nikki Hamblin during the Women's 5000m Final in Rio. © Cameron Spencer/Getty Images Nikki Hamblin during the Women's 5000m Final in Rio. Parliament has congratulated New Zealand's Olympic team, with Prime Minister John Key leading the praise.

"New Zealand is proud of you, inspired by you, and remains firmly behind you," he said when parliament convened on Tuesday.

"We celebrate what has been achieved."

Labour leader Andrew Little said the team did a superb job.

"They've shown anything is possible. We saw the old hands excelling in their chosen fields, and one of the most encouraging things was the number of young New Zealanders who performed so well."

The Green Party's Kevin Hague congratulated the team and noted most of the New Zealand medal winners were women.

The Japanese flag is created during the closing ceremony in the Maracana stadium at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) 2016 Rio Olympics closing ceremony "We hope this will prompt the proper funding of women's sport," he said.

NZ First and the Maori Party joined the congratulations.

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