New Zealand Warriors Logo

New Zealand Warriors logo
The logo of the New Zealand Warriors is one of the most impressive and memorable logos within the National Rugby League. It depicts the face of a carved idol.

Meaning and history

New Zealand Warriors logo history


The earliest New Zealand Warriors logo was developed by Francis Allan of Colenso. The design showcased the tekoteko’s face. The word “tekoteko” is a Māori term for the a carved human form. You could see the original name of the team, “Auckland Warriors,” too.

Evolution of the symbol

New Zealand Warriors symbol
In 1999, when the Tainui tribe and ex-Kiwi coach Graham Lowe took over the club, the emblem was slightly altered: the tongue of the tiki was straightened. This move was made because, in the Māori culture, a curved tongue was an indicator of a curse (it symbolized physical weakness).
A more obvious modification took place in 2002 when the combination of white, blue, and green was replaced by silver and black.

Anniversary emblems

New Zealand Warriors emblem
In advance of its 20th season, the club introduced a color split logo (half of the face featured the old palette, while the other half featured the gray and black color scheme).
For the 25th season (2019), the team returned to a logo with the original color scheme and the lettering “25th season Warriors.”

Colors

New Zealand Warriors
During its first years, the club used blue, white, red, and green as its official colors. The logo, however, didn’t comprise any red nuances. In 2002, the team colors changed to black and gray. This modification was reflected on the New Zealand Warriors logo, too.