People dressed up for the "Spirit of Gold" mufti day to help raise funds to send New Zealand athletes to Pyeongchang 2018 ©PNZ

Schools and businesses across New Zealand have been showing their support for the country's Paralympians by wearing gold as part of the annual "Spirit of Gold" mufti day.

The nation celebrated exactly six months to go until the Pyeongchang 2018 Paralympic Winter Games and tried to help Paralympics New Zealand (PNZ) raise the remaining NZD$80,000 (£44,000/$58,000/€48,400) needed to send the team to the Games in South Korea.

Money raised will help with costs such as flights, accommodation, transport, freight and excess baggage for taking equipment like skis and snowboards.

PNZ receives a grant for around a third of Paralympic Games costs from High Performance Sport New Zealand and raises the rest itself by fundraising and via commercial partners.

“It is an exciting landmark for all winter Paralympians as we continue on our journey towards Pyeongchang 2018," said Pyeongchang 2018 hopeful and Vancouver 2010 Alpine skiing gold medallist Adam Hall.

"It’s so cool that so many people have dressed up in gold to celebrate and to help us raise the funds we need.

"I am really looking forward to the next six months and preparing to be the best that I can be.”

Adam Hall is hoping to compete at Pyeongchang 2018 ©PNZ
Adam Hall is hoping to compete at Pyeongchang 2018 ©PNZ

It comes after TVNZ and Attitude Pictures extended their media partnership with the International Paralympic Committee to broadcast Para-sport in New Zealand until 2020.

The new broadcast deal builds on last year’s partnership and will include the Pyeongchang 2018 and Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

New Zealanders will benefit from free to air coverage across TVNZ’s on air and online channels and through

TVNZ and Attitude Pictures collaborated on coverage of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, broadcasting to 2.2 million viewers.

Those wishing to donate can do so here.

Those that donate over $20 (£11/$14.50/€12.10) will receive a complimentary limited edition "Spirit of Gold" scarf.