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New Zealand Olympic Committee

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[New Zealand Olympic Committee] image by Tomislav Šipek, 18 May 2018

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Description of the Flag

The flag is white with the seal centred, displaying a black-outlined fern leaf over the Olympic rings.

More details at oly@nzl.html

Black Flag

[New Zealand Olympic Committee] 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 association.
Dean Thomas, 10 September 2004