Games flame memento New Zealand bound

Another piece of metal from the 2012 Games is bound for New Zealand but this time it is not gold, silver or bronze.

British authorities are preparing to distribute the handmade copper "petals" from the Games cauldron which burned throughout the Olympics and Paralympics at the east London stadium.

Designed in conjunction with South Australian company FCT Flames, the cauldron comprised 204 copper elements which came together to form a single flame once lit during the spectacular July 27 opening ceremony.

"I am delighted to conclude the story of the cauldron by presenting each National Olympic Committee and each National Paralympic Committee with the copper petal that represented the achievements of their teams at the 2012 Games," London 2012 chairman Sebastian Coe said on Wednesday.

"Each petal is an iconic symbol of each nation's participation in the London Games and a fitting final gift from London to the world."

Each petal will be housed in a presentation box and reach recipients by the end of 2012.