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The flag is white with the seal centred, displaying a black-outlined fern leaf over the Olympic rings.
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image by Tomislav Šipek, 18 May 2018
The Silver Fern and Rings emblem was first introduced to represent the NZOCGA in 1979 as a marketing symbol. It was intended to be used on the athletes uniforms and on merchandise. It was simply a depiction of the rings and the silver fern in monotone (rings same color as the fern). As the NZ athletes primary team color was black, the background of the NZOCGA flag reflected this symbolism.
The flag was used by the NZ Team at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow when the
NZ Government withdrew permission for (what was left of) the NZ Olympic Team
to use the New Zealand national flag as a symbol of protest against the USSR
intervention of Afghanistan. This flag also flew from the main grandstand at
the 1990 Auckland (NZ) Commonwealth Games to represent the host national sporting
Dean Thomas, 10 September 2004