The most recent Paralympians to be honoured by PNZ ©PNZ

Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) has held its eighth community event as part of The Celebration Project, which acknowledges the achievements of the nation's 209 Paralympians through official recognition.

Four Paralympians were the latest to be honoured in the South Island town of Queenstown at GWD Motors with these being Para-alpine skiers Mathew Butson, Anthony Field, Adam Hall and Corey Peters.

Since debuting at Tel Aviv in 1968, New Zealand have won a total of 221 Paralympic medals.

The quartet joined a group of 85 Paralympians that have now received their official "numbered" Paralympic pin and certificate following other events in Auckland, Whangarei, Hamilton, Tauranga, New Plymouth, Palmerston North and North Shore.

PNZ's initiative gives the Paralympian a number, representing where they came chronologically on the team, with athletes at their debut Games then being sorted alphabetically.

"We were privileged to have four wonderful Paralympians and their families, friends and supporters, representing New Zealand Paralympic teams from Lillehammer 1994 to Pyeongchang 2018 come together in Queenstown," said Selwyn Maister, PNZ chair.

Butson, numbered 85, is the veteran of the four, making his debut in Lillehammer before winning three golds and a silver at Nagano 1998, becoming one of the most prolific Kiwi Para-athletes at a single Games.

Field, numbered 157, debuted at the same Games as Hall, with both athletes competing in Para-alpine skiing at the Turin 2006 Games.

Field would be the flag bearer for New Zealand at the Opening Ceremony, while Hall would find his success at later Games, winning gold in the men's slalom standing at the Vancouver 2010 and Pyeongchang 2018 Games, as well as a bronze in the men's super combined standing in South Korea too.

Finally Peters, number 188, is the most recent Paralympian, having won silver in the men's giant slalom sitting at Sochi 2014 and bronze in the men's downhill sitting at Pyeongchang 2018.

"The sense of achievement getting to that level at Torino - it sinks in when you are finally there, it was an amazing experience," said Field.

"Following my accident and growing up as a teenager, self-confidence was an issue for me like many teens, and it was amplified for me with the loss of a limb.

"Para-alpine skiing turned out to be a big part of strengthening that self-confidence, in that I felt able to do something physical 100 per cent."

New Zealand has competed at 13 Summer Paralympic Games and 11 Winter Paralympics, sitting 13th in the all-time medal table for the Winter Games.