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Indigenous jersey 2023: Introducing Te Kāhu Kura

In round 13, the One New Zealand Warriors will take to the field in their 2023 Indigenous jersey, one which pays homage to players past and present, while acknowledging our whakapapa that stretches across the Pacific.

Introducing Te Kāhu Kura

When the One New Zealand Warriors take to the field against Brisbane in Napier, they will do so in a jersey resembling a red feathered cloak.

This is a symbol of unity and heritage for the Warriors, one inspired by the Amokura.

The Amokura is a sacred bird revered by the people of Aotearoa, its feathers carefully woven together to create Te Kāhu Kura.

It’s a unique jersey that embodies three powerful concepts - Mana Tangata, Mana Whenua and Mana Moana. 

Throughout the intricate design, a story unfolds. 

The red symbolises the blood that flows through our veins, connecting us to those who have come before us and reminding us of the responsibility we have to leave our mark for future generations. 

The green flora and fauna of our homeland and the connection we have to Aotearoa.

And the blue, moananui a Kiwa, the Pacific Ocean that binds us together with our Polynesian brothers and sisters.

Join us as we honour our culture, our past and our future with Te Kāhu kura - The Red Feathered Cloak.

Artists - Toi Ake
Te Tairāwhiti-based tā moko artists Maia Gibbs (Ngāi Tāmanuhiri, Rongowhakaata, Ngāti Kahungungu) and Henare Brooking (Ngāti Porou, Rongowhakaata, Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa) of Toi Ake māori creative studio.

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The New Zealand Warriors honour the mana of the Indigenous peoples of Aotearoa, Australia and the Pacific. We acknowledge the traditional kaitiaki of the lands, elders past and present, their stories, their traditions, their mamae and their mana motuhake.

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