ST KILDA will wear a special Anzac Day guernsey that features a contemporary Maori design when it takes on the Brisbane Lions in New Zealand this April.
The Saints will unveil the strip on Wednesday morning in a ceremony at Wellington's Te Papa Museum as part of their Australia Post Community Camp in Wellington.
Recent recruit Shane Savage, who was born in Auckland, has travelled with the club to Wellington in his new role as an ambassador for the Saints' growing presence in the country.
The guernsey, which depicts a detailed narrative around the shared waters of Australia and New Zealand, will be worn as a one-off for this year's Anzac Day clash at Westpac Stadium.
The plan is for the Saints to wear a different guernsey each year when they host the April 25 game in Wellington until at least 2018.
This year's strip uses the traditional Maori art colours of red, white and black, and the narrative is "explored through the use of the waka taua (ceremonial war canoe) as a visual and metaphorical inspiration".
The design process also involved "exploring symbolic meaning from a number of relevant Maori myths".
It features abstracted motifs such as the mangopare (hammerhead shark), the Tumatauenga (god of war) and Te Ika a M?ui (the Fish Hook of Maui), with each one linked to emphasise the shared Anzac history of the two countries.
The strip was created by designers at Open Lab from New Zealand’s Massey University.
The design is centred on a plunging white oar shape, which speaks to the Anzac heritage, while the back shows the merging paths and journeys of the Anzacs and the two countries.
"The design team at Massey University has worked hard to create something powerful and inspiring that our team can wear proudly on Anzac Day," said St Kilda general manager of commercial projects Ben Davies.
"April 25 is recognised as such a significant day between our two countries and this is quite a unique platform to acknowledge this relationship."
The Saints announced in October last year they were committed to playing in Wellington for the next five seasons.
The agreement with Wellington City Council will see them play on Anzac Day at Westpac Stadium each season, with their opponents to be determined each year.
Last year, they staged the first match for premiership points on international soil against the Sydney Swans in a match that was attended by 22,183 fans and saw every hotel in the Wellington area at capacity.Twitter: @AFL_JenPhelan