Whiria te tangata
Our Vision, Values, Culture and Beliefs

Whiria te tāngata is a Māori whakatauki (proverb) meaning Weave the people together.

The purpose of this visual is to develop clarity and a shared understanding of why our school exists, who we are, what we stand for, what is most important to us.

The Ngākau (heart)

Our culture sits right at the heart/ngākau of everything we do. The ngākau weaves together the concepts of Whanaungatanga and Ako.


This concept is about developing a strong sense of relationships, connection, and sense of belonging. We recognise that relationships underpin all learning, and the importance of seeing the whole child.

~ The 3 most important things in our school are relationships, relationships, relationships.


The concept of ako means to both teach and to learn, and the strong relationship between the two.

This is then supported by Our Vision, values and key beliefs around teaching and learning.

Te Ao Marama Logo

Our Logo

The graphic logo has been carefully designed to symbolise many positive concepts. The most apparent is that of an interconnected woven form, the concept of which is derived from the tukutuku panels.

The trio of coloured elements are all interconnected with an abstract woven pattern wherein each aspect lends and draws support from the other pieces around it. It is an important concept of supported strength and collaboration that symbolises various relationships:

  • between the land, water and people
  • concepts of ‘inspire, challenge, empower’
  • Maori, NZ European, people of the world
  • school, community, wider world
  • parents, staff and students
  • past, the present and the future

The interwoven graphic also forms a loose letter ‘A’ for ‘Ao’ - the light. Similar to the way in which mountains rise from the land with a natural upwards force, the graphic represents Tāne (God of the forests and birds) pushing upwards and separating his parents, Papatūānuku (the earth mother) and Ranginui (the sky father), thereby allowing light to come into the natural world.

The clear lines and areas within the graphic shape allow ‘light’ to penetrate the logo, just as the sun illuminates and brings the new day.

The coloured lines are representative of the learning journey path: each student is on the ‘wave’ of their learning. Looking closer, these individual strands symbolise individual learners, but the overall direction is that which is heading forward together cohesively.

A further abstract concept that can be drawn is that the lines also denote the flow of water from Te Awa o Waikato, which traditionally brings life, prosperity and connectedness to both the people and the land.

A simple, fresh and vibrant colour theme has been carefully chosen to represent the natural world. Each of the colours of the logo are symbolic: light blue for sky (Ranginui), dark blue for water (lifeforce), and green for earth (Papatūānuku).