The meaning behind the ATAWHAI logo is the two koru represent the student and the other being whanau/community supporting them. The koru shape symbolises new life, growth, and a connection to papatuanuku (Mother Earth).
The mangopare shape within the koru shape represents the values that we are instilling in them whilst they are participating in our ATAWHAI programme. The mangopare shape symbolises natural abundance, strength and determination.
Our Whakatauki, our motto
‘Whaia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe me he maunga teitei’
Pursue that which is precious, and
do not be deterred by anything less
than a lofty mountain.
A proverb which encourages one
to strive, to set goals, to persevere.
this is a Maori acronym - In English it means
Awhitia: To embrace, cherish
Te rangatahi: The youth, young person
Akona: To learn, study, instruct, advise
Whakawhitia: To exchange, cross over, transfer
He ara hou: A new pathway
Atawhaitia: Give kind attention
Inaianei tonu: Right now, instantly