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NZ Rio uniform unveiled

NZN 29/06/2016

A simple black design with hints of silver, green and blue has been revealed as New Zealand's Olympic uniform.

The official Rio Games outfit was on Wednesday night unveiled at the Olympic Gala Dinner in Auckland.

The casual and training parts of the uniform, designed by artist Shane Hansen, are largely black, with occasional colourful stripes around the sides and stars referencing the Southern Cross and New Zealand's night sky.

Meanwhile a classic plain black singlet has also been thrown in the mix, but drop-crotch track pants give the set a modern touch.

The uniform's jogging shirt is the boldest: bright blue with silver stripes.

Designer Hansen said he had whittled down hundreds of designs to produce something that reflects both where Kiwis came from and the motion of athletes' bodies.

"My inspiration for this uniform was our motu, our land, and the journey our athletes take as they travel from New Zealand to Rio where they will test themselves against the world's best," he said.

Pole vaulter Eliza McCartney, wearing the bright blue running shirt, told TV One of the pride she felt putting on the uniform for the first time.

"It's pretty amazing we're the first people to try it. And it's a cool uniform, it's comfy ... it solidifies it more, like, we're going to Rio."

More than 21,000 items have been produced for the 350 New Zealand staff and athletes attending the games.

Each competitor is given a set of 45 pieces of equipment, including performance shorts, leggings and long and short sleeve t-shirts, casual jogging pants, track suit pants, canvas shorts, hoodies, as well as footwear, bags, formal and ceremony wear.

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