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Colin Simon, who was 83 when he passed away, won the design competition for the logo after the New Zealand Commonwealth Games Committee judging panel modified a rule stating the entries had to be a combination of black and one other colour.
Simon submitted a version in silver and black alongside the now indelible red, white and blue emblem.
The New Zealand Commonwealth Games Committee ultimately chose Simon’s preferred colour scheme in 1971, a decision that has stood the test of time.
In one simple yet complex design, the logo captured five distinct elements: The country location, the year and the games number - the Roman numeral X for 10th dissects diagonally.
The colours mirror Great Britain’s Union Jack flag while Maori heritage is represented by stylised Vs used in carvings.
Simon died on February 27 in Paraparaumu, north of his adopted home Wellington. His funeral service was held earlier this month.