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New Zealand Olympic Committee

Olympic Games, Olympics

Last modified: 2002-08-09 by peter hans van den muijzenberg
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[The Olympic flag.]
7 August 2002 by Dean Thomas


Description of the flag

On a white field without borders, five rings in blue, yellow, black, green, and red interlaced from left to right forming a trapezium with the blue, black and red rings are at the top and the yellow and green rings at the bottom. Superimposed on the blue and black rings is a depiction of New Zealand's national sporting emblem: The Silver Fern

Origin and Meaning of the NZOC flag

The flag in it's present form adopted 1994.

The original logo (Olympic Rings with the Silver Fern inset) was designed in 1979 as a marketing symbol for the then-named New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association.

The Flag of the New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association (1979-1994)

7 August 2002 by Dean Thomas

This flag represented the New Zealand Olympic and Commonwealth Games Association until the name change to New Zealand Olympic Committee took place in 1994.  The Olympic Rings and Silver Fern were colored white on a black background (black and white are New Zealand's national sporting colors).  This flag was used by the New Zealand Team at the Games of the XXII Olympiad in Moscow, USSR, when the New Zealand Government forbade the delegation to use the New Zealand National Flag as a protest against the USSR's invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979.