After a lot of deliberation we’re pleased to present the top 10 badge designs for HMNZS Aotearoa. Congratulations to these finalists and thank you to everyone that submitted a creative design. The next stage of the process comes in mid January when the panel will whittle these 10 designs down to three and present them to the Chief of Navy. At this point, the designs may undergo some minor reformatting around colours and elements before the final design is selected and announced in February 2018. 

  MIA KORDIC    Torbay School Primary School,   Auckland   The sun represents the beautiful sunrises in New Zealand. The cloud represents the land of the long white cloud. The three mountains – Mt Taranaki, Mt Ruapehu and Mt Cook. The Koru’s of New Zealand and the beautiful blueness of our skies and seas.

MIA KORDIC

Torbay School Primary School, Auckland

The sun represents the beautiful sunrises in New Zealand. The cloud represents the land of the long white cloud. The three mountains – Mt Taranaki, Mt Ruapehu and Mt Cook. The Koru’s of New Zealand and the beautiful blueness of our skies and seas.

  STEVEN HOLDEN    Manukau, Auckland   The design depicts Te Wheke O Muturangi (a giant octopus) holding a taha huahua (a gourd used to store cooked birds). It illustrates a tale of Kupe’s discovery of, and resupply in, Aotearoa when he pursued the creature across the Pacific Ocean in defence of his people and reflects on HMNZS Aotearoa’s size, capabilities and roles.

STEVEN HOLDEN

Manukau, Auckland

The design depicts Te Wheke O Muturangi (a giant octopus) holding a taha huahua (a gourd used to store cooked birds). It illustrates a tale of Kupe’s discovery of, and resupply in, Aotearoa when he pursued the creature across the Pacific Ocean in defence of his people and reflects on HMNZS Aotearoa’s size, capabilities and roles.

  KEVIN WILSON    Devonport, Auckland   Under the stars of the national flag, the massive flukes of the blue whale represent the largest ship in the Navy with simplicity and elegance while demonstrating power and purpose. Whales are symbols of protection and that epitomises the multi-role and multi-environment capability of the ship.

KEVIN WILSON

Devonport, Auckland

Under the stars of the national flag, the massive flukes of the blue whale represent the largest ship in the Navy with simplicity and elegance while demonstrating power and purpose. Whales are symbols of protection and that epitomises the multi-role and multi-environment capability of the ship.

  LAUREN ROBERTS    Hamilton   The fish hook is symbolic to the Maori creation legend where Maui pulled New Zealand from the ocean. It traditionally represents strength, good luck and safe travel across water. Cumulus clouds most often occur in fair weather so they are a sight that is appreciated by mariners. It is hoped that most voyages of Aotearoa will benefit from fair weather and good outcomes.

LAUREN ROBERTS

Hamilton

The fish hook is symbolic to the Maori creation legend where Maui pulled New Zealand from the ocean. It traditionally represents strength, good luck and safe travel across water. Cumulus clouds most often occur in fair weather so they are a sight that is appreciated by mariners. It is hoped that most voyages of Aotearoa will benefit from fair weather and good outcomes.

  ERIN MEKEREI TIOKE    Tauranga   This design reflects a combination of our ‘Matariki’ stars, the vast oceans Aotearoa will sail on under the guidance of the Māori god of war – Tumataurenga. The patterns on the prow of the ‘waka’ depict the past, present and future activities involving the Royal New Zealand Navy

ERIN MEKEREI TIOKE

Tauranga

This design reflects a combination of our ‘Matariki’ stars, the vast oceans Aotearoa will sail on under the guidance of the Māori god of war – Tumataurenga. The patterns on the prow of the ‘waka’ depict the past, present and future activities involving the Royal New Zealand Navy

  CASEY DAVIES    Pukekohe   The fishhook is also a Maori Manaia. Traditionally the Manaia symbol is used as a guardian against evil, which fits the ships (and indeed our whole Navy’s) role. I incorporated a Koru into the tail/hook of the symbol because part of the symbolism behind the Koru motif is Strength and Peace. The main symbol sits on a field of light blue and white. The blue represents the ocean as evidenced by the waves, while the white sky represents the long white cloud. I placed the Southern Cross on the background as it represents our location and home.

CASEY DAVIES

Pukekohe

The fishhook is also a Maori Manaia. Traditionally the Manaia symbol is used as a guardian against evil, which fits the ships (and indeed our whole Navy’s) role. I incorporated a Koru into the tail/hook of the symbol because part of the symbolism behind the Koru motif is Strength and Peace. The main symbol sits on a field of light blue and white. The blue represents the ocean as evidenced by the waves, while the white sky represents the long white cloud. I placed the Southern Cross on the background as it represents our location and home.

  JAMES O’CONNOR    Swanson, Auckland   This design captures the iconic Pohutukawa. Endemic to New Zealand, it’s a striking symbol which means so much to us as a culture and is instantly recognisable. The bold red colouring means something different to so many Kiwis and is directly tied into the idea of where we’re from.

JAMES O’CONNOR

Swanson, Auckland

This design captures the iconic Pohutukawa. Endemic to New Zealand, it’s a striking symbol which means so much to us as a culture and is instantly recognisable. The bold red colouring means something different to so many Kiwis and is directly tied into the idea of where we’re from.

  JAMES O’CONNOR    Swanson, Auckland   This design encompasses the land, sea and sky of Aotearoa. With the silhouette of Great Barrier Island in the background which the Māori called ‘Aotea’. The waka represents the navigation of the Māori who reached Aotearoa, showing seafaring and the sea being a big part of our culture and part of our heritage. The long white cloud represents the literal translation of New Zealand.

JAMES O’CONNOR

Swanson, Auckland

This design encompasses the land, sea and sky of Aotearoa. With the silhouette of Great Barrier Island in the background which the Māori called ‘Aotea’. The waka represents the navigation of the Māori who reached Aotearoa, showing seafaring and the sea being a big part of our culture and part of our heritage. The long white cloud represents the literal translation of New Zealand.

  RAWIRI BARRIBALL    Belmont, Auckland   The Mountain is Mt Taranaki synonymous with her homeport. The Long White Cloud represents the meaning of Aotearoa. The Southern Cross is the nautical position of New Zealand. And the four blue Koru represent - Ngā Hau e wha – the North, South, East and West winds

RAWIRI BARRIBALL

Belmont, Auckland

The Mountain is Mt Taranaki synonymous with her homeport. The Long White Cloud represents the meaning of Aotearoa. The Southern Cross is the nautical position of New Zealand. And the four blue Koru represent - Ngā Hau e wha – the North, South, East and West winds

  STEVEN KNIGHT    Belmont, Auckland   This design represents the origin story of how Maui fished up New Zealand. This fishing hook represents both strength and dominance over the ocean as well as replenishment and providing for its people. The engraving symbolises the bicultural aspect of New Zealand’s cultures working together to be the protectors of our oceans (guardians of the seas). The background colours represent the ocean, skies and the land of the long white cloud. The fishing line is made of flax and tied with a naval bow line. The design is a simple symbol of many of the aspects of both our role of the RNZN and the background of the country we protect.

STEVEN KNIGHT

Belmont, Auckland

This design represents the origin story of how Maui fished up New Zealand. This fishing hook represents both strength and dominance over the ocean as well as replenishment and providing for its people. The engraving symbolises the bicultural aspect of New Zealand’s cultures working together to be the protectors of our oceans (guardians of the seas). The background colours represent the ocean, skies and the land of the long white cloud. The fishing line is made of flax and tied with a naval bow line. The design is a simple symbol of many of the aspects of both our role of the RNZN and the background of the country we protect.