Hutia te rito o te harakeke kei whea to kōmako e kō? Ki mai ki ahau he aha te mea nui o te Ao? Maku e kī atu, he tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata

If the heart of the harakeke was removed, where would the bellbird sing? If I was asked what was the most important thing in the world I would be compelled to reply, it is people, it is people, it is people.

The whakataukī refers to the importance of whakapapa – the people to whom we are connected – past, present and future. The flax represents whānau being at the centre. Look to your own background – understanding your personal connections and building healthy relationships with all those you encounter will lead to success.


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There are a wide range of scholarships available for students: