Tuatara:  Te auahatanga o nga whare o te Kura

Tuatara te kai pupuri matauranga.

Ko te kaupapa o te hoahoa o te kura hou, he mea putake mai i nga korero e pa ana ki te Tuatara.  Na Peketua i hanga te Tuatara.  Nana i mahi te heki mai i te uku, ka waka whiwhia ki te ha ora.  Ka paopao te heki, ka puta mai te Tuatara.  E kiia ana he mana whakahirahira tona, mau tonu hoki te ihi me te wehi.

Ko te whakamaramatanga o te kupu tuatara ko nga keokeo kei runga i te tuara, a, kura whakaritea enei ki nga tihi maunga e kitea ana mai i te kura nei, ara, a Maungawhau, a Maungakiekie, o Owairaka, a Puke – tapapa, me te Tatua a Riukiuta.

Neke atu i te 200 tau te koiora o te tuatara.  Koinei te whainga o te Kura Kaupapa Maori kia penei ano tona mauri roa.  Kia mau, kia pakari nga mahi whakangakau, whaioranga, whakatutangata.

Nga tohenga o te kura e whakaritea ana ki te tuaiwi o te Tuatara.  Ara i te nuinga o te wa, he ngohengohe he piwari engari ki te whakatumekehia, tu maaro ana.

Kura roa te kura e kokiri ana kia kitea he whenua pumau.  Na te manawahau me te kaha o te Tumuaki, te poari kaitiaki me te hapori whanui tonu o te kura ki te whaioraora i tenei kaupapa e tu nei te kura hou.



Tuatara:  Sculpture at Kura Entrance

Tuatara, guardian of knowledge

The theme plan of the Kura originated from the story of the Tuatara. Peketua created Tuatara. He made an egg from clay, then gave his breath of life. The egg cracked and Tuatara was born. It is said that it is awe inspiring and still retains this awesome power.

Tuatara is the guardian of knowledge. An explanation of the word Tuatara for the peaks on its backbone have been likened to the peaks of the local mountains seen from the school, Mt Eden, One Tree Hill, Mt Albert, Mt Roskill and Three Kings.

The Tuatara can live for over 200 years. This is the aim of this school that it will live on this long so that we can strengthen our hearts, well-being and to build the people up.

The tenacity of this school is like the spine of Tuatara. Most of the time it is soft and pliable, however if aroused the spine stands hard.

"The school has strived long for a permanent site. It was the tenacity of the principal, board of trustees and the community that pursued this cause to build the new Kura." - from the opening day booklet.

The 3 stone mounds represent the 3 ‘whatu’ or eyes of the Tuatara and they greet visitors at the entrance to the school.