October 31, 2014
Te Iwi Kiwi strip ties together Pacific
When the Kiwis run onto Toll Stadium this weekend for the four Nations clash against Toa Samoa tomorrow, they will be decked out in a new strip.
Designer Ora Kihi says Te Iwi Kiwi jersey will be worn whenever the New Zealand league team plays another Pacific Island nation in a test fixture.
He says the team wants to reflect the diverse cultural heritage of the players, including the fact there will be Samoans on both sides of the halfway line.
"They’ll see it in the jerseys the players play in, and they can feel their ancestors upon them, so they are adorned in their war clothes but it’s a combination of Maori designs and Pacific Island designs so everyone is represented because within the jersey you will see curvilinear and rectilinear and a lot of times you don’t put the two together, but here at New Zealand Rugby League and Te Iwi Kiwi, we built the house the way that we want to build it," Mr Kihi says.
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