Moana Pasifika’s Home Shirt for Super Rugby Pacific is made from recycled plastic bottles and represents the combined cultures and traditions of the Pacific Islands.
Dynasty Sport director Tyler Rakich said the responsibility of creating a jersey that represented the hopes and dreams of Pasifika rugby players over the past two decades was not something they approached lightly.
“We are very aware that this is more than just a jersey – it is a very special identity and community, loving and proud of rugby.”
The swimsuit was made from yarns created from ethically sourced plastic bottles that have been removed from the ocean and waterways.
“We are extremely proud of our achievements as an organization with regard to the positive environmental changes undertaken, and estimate that Ecotek’s sustainability project will result in the reuse of approximately 500,000 plastic bottles by the Moana Pasifika ranges. 2022, “said Rakish.
The design of the home jersey is rooted in Pasifika’s history as masters of ocean navigation with a sail being the main design element on the front and multiple cultural motifs highlighting the present and desired unity in the brand and the Moana Pasifika movement.
The focal point on the front of the jersey is a Pasifika sail, calling on the history of Pasifika using their vaka or va’a to master the ocean with the ability to navigate to land with pinpoint accuracy with traditional Samoan, Tongan, Fijian and Maori drawings.
The design reproducing the malu lima – the traditional tattoo of the hand of Samoan women – and believed to be used for sailing in the ocean, is significantly positioned and placed over the heart. The base color of the front and back panels is a gradient to replicate the effect of sunlight breaking the ocean.
The left sleeve features traditional Samoan tatau and Tongan ngatu designs arranged in a pattern representing the wind feeding the sail as well as a traditional Tongan pattern as the sleeve trim.
The right sleeve features a combination of modern Niuean patterns inspired by traditional Hiapo patterns, traditional tatau patterns inspired by Tokelauan and Cook Islands.
The sun logo motif has been placed on the back of the neck to reinforce the idea of ââascension, youth and power.
Moana Pasifika’s players will wear their home shirts for the first game of the new Super Rugby Pacific 2022 competition and their first season in a home game against the Brumbies at Mt Smart Stadium on February 18.
Boss Sir Bryan Williams said it was a special moment to imagine the team racing in the new jersey.
âWhen I see the boys wearing themselves out for the first time, it’s going to be very emotional, certainly for me and for many others. It’s been a pretty long journey. Moana Pasifika is so important to our community because she represents our people. hopes and dreams for the future. Having Moana Pasifika running and giving our people a reason to hope and to be able to dream is, I think, really important. “