The Whakapapa of our Logo

As we look out from the Waihārara School deck to Maunga Tohoraha also known as Maunga Karamea (Mount Camel) can be seen in the background. The Rangaunu which surrounds the maunga curls into a koru shape representing new beginnings, new whānau, new staff and new thinking.

Many of our tamariki whakapapa to Wharemaru Marae, Kaimaumau on the Rangaunu Harbour. The land area at the bottom of the logo is Kaimaumau. 

The pioke (dogfish) swimming in the Rangaunu Harbour is a direct whakapapa link to Ngāi Takoto iwi. 

He iti pioke nō Rangaunu.

We were given permission to use the pioke in our logo by Ngāi Takoto rangatira. We are weaving connections with our iwi through Ngāi Takoto Taiao and Ngāi Takoto nurseries. The development of upcoming school enhancement projects will reflect whānau, hapū and iwi aspirations.

We also proudly announce the reclamation of the name Waihārara with the insert of the macron. The translation of Waihārara is a fresh water underground aquifer and came from respected iwi kaumatua.

He Waka Eke Noa

The new logo is a collaboration of whānau past and present who sought to reflect current whānau and thinking.

To the whānau who have blessed our kura with your tamariki, to manawhenua with whom I sit at the Board table with, past and present, hapū and iwi who have given guidance in the development of our logo, none of this would have come to fruition without your tautoko. Nei rā te mihi maioha ki a koutou katoa.