Legend has it that Wellington Harbour, originally a land-locked lake, was home to two large and very active taniwha (sea monsters in Māori mythology), who both longed for the deeper ocean. One taniwha, Ngake, forced a passage to the open sea, creating an entrance to the harbour.
The other, named Whataitai, tried a different route, became stranded and eventually died – transforming into a phoenix-like bird, Te Keo, that flew to the closest mountain, Matairangu (Mount Victoria). It is believed that Tangi Te Keo (the original Māori name for Mt Victoria) was named after the soul of Whataitai.
Before the start of the 2019/20 A-League season, the Wellington Phoenix squad assembled at the top of Wellington’s Mount Victoria, which overlooks Wellington Harbour. Together, the team watched the sun rise at this location and then spent the day together, bonding as a team and learning about Maori culture and its significance to the Phoenix crest and ideology.
The 2020/21 Wellington Phoenix Away Jersey pays homage to this special moment, drawing inspiration from Ngake, the Taniwha that created Wellington Harbour. This is represented by the blue and green colourway, that makes the wearer look as if they have risen out of the harbour. The unique colourway is complimented with graded lines down the body of the shirt, resembling ripples in the water of Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington Harbour).
Sport the name of your favourite 'Nix hero, or become part of the squad with your own name on the back of your jersey. Please allow up to 10 days for personalisation.