Created by high-profile NZ graphic artist, Toby Morris, Koti (‘Scott’ in te reo) is the informal representation of the club on Team Kōtare kit- shirts, caps, badges, etc- and the club website.
Koti represents our local fauna and the kōtare, or kingfisher, already adorns our official club crest and are frequently seen in and around our grounds. He (the gender was completely random based on the Maori first name that best worked with his surname!) is fun-loving, resilient and inclusive, representing our club's core values.
It's considered good luck to see Koti sitting on the high vantage points- like the playground poles- around the club.
Toby Morris is an Auckland based cartoonist, illustrator and writer best known for non-fiction comics that investigate political and social issues. He produces the monthly series The Side Eye, published by The Spinoff, and is a three time winner of 'Best Artwork/Graphics' at the New Zealand media awards, and current 'Cartoonist of the Year' winner for 2020.
He has written and illustrated several kids books and three graphic novels, including 2019's Te Tiriti O Waitangi.