Our School Logo
In traditional Māori Pā (village), Te Pātaka were used for the storage of kai (food). However, the Rangatira (Chief) would have special Te Pātaka made to store taonga (treasures). Stories shared tell of how Tamaoho, used Te Pātaka, to store taonga he wanted his people to value and learn about. Tamaoho School is our Te Pātaka because we believe knowledge and learning are our taonga.
Tamaoho is the name of a person that lived hundreds of years ago. The name Tamaoho School was decided because of his special qualities. He became a leader in the Maori community through his good advice, direction to his people, protector of the environment, acceptance of others and his ability to use his knowledge to be a great problem solver.
He lived using some ‘touchstones’ that are still really important in our lives today, such as being honest and speaking the truth (Pono), doing the right thing by others (Tika) and having empathy and love for others (Aroha). By living this way he had a lot of followers who admired him and wanted to live using his example.
He valued learning as he knew about travelling using the southern night sky to help him. He arrived here on the Tainui Canoe from the Polynesian Islands, thousands of kilometers north of here. Not everybody knew how to do this. Tamaoho would probably have had a beautifully carved grand pataka – a storage area on stilts above the ground - facing his whare where he slept. But rather than having food in it like other ordinary pataka did, it was a place where things that were important to him and his people would have been stored so that others could learn from them later on. Our school will be our community ‘GRAND PATAKA’ where each student will develop a love of life long learning using the qualities Tamaoho exemplified.
The schools learning principles and values have been designed by remembering Tamaoho’s special leadership qualities.
Unidentified pataka (Maori storehouse). Ref: 1/1-006740-F.
Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/22555903
Our Learning Space Names
Through our learning spaces we celebrate our native surroundings in the development of our school culture and as part of developing knowledge of our local history, our tangata whenua Ngati Tamaoho and to share our commitment to being a sustainable Enviroschool.
The School Site
Hundreds of years ago the land that the school was built on was bush land and then eventually became dairyland. They began to realise that they required larger pieces of land for dairy farming and the land turned into market gardens. The land was used for growing potatoes and onions under a number of landowners.
What was originally on this site, will help shape the schools colours, design and some of the school culture.
Photo credit: New Zealand Society of Soil Science.