The point that your ignoring is that the Auckland Warriors ceased to exist and the franchise was taken by the New Zealand Warriors. No legacy to the original club should exist. The Auckland Rugby League purchased the still operational New Zealand Warriors franchise. The have not shut it down and begun as a new franchise. It is still the same team. The team colours should reflect that legacy.Yes they did, that is no secret. However the main reason for the name change was because it was owned by the NZRL, for a while. It was no big deal, but it was a big fuckup, as we all know.
This is in no way a request for a drawn out discussion on Carlaw Park or Eric Watson. Its just my point that even though the ARL have taken control, they should respect the legacy built up over 20 years, and not return everything to how it was under the failed franchise that only lasted 5 years.
Also, the main reason for the name change was to reach a wider market.