THE NEW ZEALAND BLACK BROOMS
Thanks to the efforts of QuANZ and various members of the Quidditch community, we are delighted to announce that for the first time, New Zealand will be sending a national team to compete at the Quidditch World Cup, in Florence, Italy from Saturday 30th June-Sunday 1st July.
The team managers of this project are Matt Bateman (Vice-President of Quid UK) and Emma Humphrey (Former and founding president of Quidditch NZ).
Other members of our administrative team are
Emma Humphrey/Declan Ramsay- Cultural Manager
Emma Morris- Team Captain
Courtney Bicknell- Fitness manager
Hannah Small- NZ Team Support staff
Luke Nickholds, Bronnie Jeynes- IQA and media contact
THE OFFICIAL NEW ZEALAND
BLACK BROOMS 2018
We are opening a second round of supporter jerseys! Follow the link for more details. Jerseys will be available for collection AFTER the World cup, orders will close on July 31st.
Order form link
About the jersey
The jersey was designed by Abbey Crook.
The designs are based off the Maori koru symbolising life, growth, strength and peace. We designed individual koru designs to look like a snitch and quafl as seen on the jersey.
We choose black,white and red as they are are common colours seen within New Zealand artwork. The black/grey background is representative on maori tattoos, design and artworks.
Aside from the koru, we have also incorporated the native fern which is symbolic to national teams within New Zealand. Most New Zealand sports teams have some sort of basis to New Zealand wildlife. The maori translation of All Blacks for example means Black Fern.
Finally, the red snitch is the official QuANZ logo. In New Zealand every New Zealand child is given a pair of bright red Peter Blake socks from the charitable trusts set up in his name to honor his many achievements. In New Zealand, we use these red socks for the snitch as a result it is the official New Zealand quidditch logo.
There is lots of symbolic meaning behind the jersey including many parts of New Zealand cultural and sport symbolism (as well as a personal NZ quidditch touch). Thank you very much to everyone who has bought a jersey so far and we hope you enjoy wearing this little piece of ‘kiwiana’.