TE WHARE TU TOA - THE HOUSE OF THE WARRIOR
Like the ornately carved meeting houses of the Māori people, this year’s heritage jersey “Te Whare Tu Toa” is similarly carved. The jersey design depicts the history and stories of the Vodafone Warriors. The team’s past and future are carved into the back and front of the jersey with the player inside providing the link to the present. When players wear the 2015 heritage jersey “Te Whare Tu Toa” they carry with them onto the field the rich history of the club. Effectively players are entering the house of the Vodafone Warriors.
The Canterbury of New Zealand produced 2015 Heritage Jersey celebrates the 20 year history of the club. The concept of the jersey is carved out of native timbers and features all of the players who have ever played for the club’s first grade team emblazoned onto the back of the jersey.
On the front is a carved warrior representing the future and on the lower back the carved warrior represents the first team to take the field for the club. Above the players’ names is another carved warrior logo and the three of them together represent paying respect to the past, present and future of the club, recognising all those who have come before and those who may one day wear the jersey.
Also behind the main warrior on the front is another warrior logo - this one pays respect to the Vodafone Warriors whanau (or family) this represents the players families, wives, children, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandparents, cousins, it also represents the members, fans, sponsors and administrators of the club. This logo sits in behind the main warrior and breathes life into the main figure. Without all of the support from everyone mentioned the Vodafone Warriors cannot exist. So it is about paying respect to all who follow and are involved in the club in every capacity.
There are many symbols carved into the jersey. The mangopare (hammerhead shark) features heavily. It
Heritage Te Whare Tu Toa - Rimu Jersey B976679
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