Nga Uara

Nga Maunga

Nga Uara o te Kura o Hikurangi

During the 2015 / 2016 holiday period a small group of our teachers got together to develop a new qualities programme for our staff and students. It was felt that the system we were using prior to change was not suited to our students, whanau and wider community. We wanted something that would be more meaningful, and user-friendly for our whole school community. With this in mind the working party discussed, debated, and decided on the following qualities;

Whakapono (Truth & Honesty) Manaakitanga (Hospitality, Caring & Kindness)

Tumanako (Hope & Aspiration) Te Arohatanga (Love, Affection & Charity)

Each Uara (quality) has their own set of indicators and our students are encouraged to display them in different situations throughout their time at school. Our school-wide statement that we use to promote our four Uara is;

Kia pono ano kia koe - Always be true to yourself.

Our uara support our tamariki in being true to themselves in all that they do, not only whilst they are at school but also during the time they spend away from school.


Our Whakapono design depicts two different positions of one design. This represents Te Kauae Runga (the upper-jaw) and Te Kauae Raro (the lower-jaw). There is a great space between these two features and truth and honesty are key in this workspace.

Key Words / Indicators;

Conscientious, Truthfulness, Integrity, Honesty, Humility

Modesty, Respect, Commitment, Learn from mistakes


Our Manaakitanga design depicts a guardian body at the top which is stretching over to protect, care for, and nurture the two smaller koru below. The two miniature koru at the base of the design represent people and our environment. We have identified them as being two main recipients of manaakitanga at our School. It is through one's ability to care for other beings and things that the level of their mana is gauged. The greater the care given by one, the greater their mana.

Key Words / Indicators;

Caring, Nurturing, Hospitality, Putting others first, Tautoko / Support,

Respectfulness, Kaitiakitanga, Generosity, Helpfulness


Our Tumanako design depicts a stairway on the left hand side. The base is the beginning of the journey and the top is the desired outcome, whatever it may be. The three koru located on the underside of the stairway represent the setbacks/challenges that may be encountered when aspiring to reach our goals.

Key Words / Indicators;

Proud of who they are, Takes risks, Sets goals, Works towards goals

Ambitious, Resilience, Self motivating, Self managing, Perseverance

Te Arohatanga

Our Te Arohatanga design depicts two koru reaching into each other in an embracing manner. The two mini koru at either end represent the positive flow on effect from displaying Te Arohatanga.

Key Words / Indicators;

Loving, Kind, Compassionate, Supportive, Inclusive environment, Taking pride in work, Empathy, Understanding, Freedom of choice

Nga Maunga Rohe o te Kura o Hikurangi


Up until the end of 2015 our school grouped our tamariki into four groups that were named after native trees - Matai, Kauri, Rimu & Tawa. It was felt that something with more significance to our school/community would be more beneficial and purposeful to our tamariki and kaiako at our kura. It was decided that we would group our students into four groups, each named in honour of signicant Maunga (Mountains) in and around our Rohe Potae (Boundaries). Below is an explanation of our thinking.

Te Whakaaro (Our Purpose/Thinking)

One of the main reasons for changing how we group our tamariki and staff at school is one of identity. Though the children may not whakapapa to the maunga they have been aligned too, within the school context they will totally belong to that maunga.

Another important reason for change was a general thinking amongst all concerned for a need to establish group names that held more significance to our tauira (students), hapori (community), and rohe (Hikurangi township and surrounding areas). This was our guiding principle throughout the whole process.

Identifying the four maunga within our rohe will give more meaning and relevance to our school, whanau, and community. Before long our tamariki will develop a sense of pride and mana when representing their maunga during school based activities.

Maunga are important landmarks within tribal boundaries. People often identify with their maunga as they are often revered as a source of pride, integrity and mana. From our maunga descend our awa which often flow onward to the sea. These journeys from maunga to sea can be significantly testing at times and not unlike those taken by the tamariki of our kura. Knowing that they belong to their mountain will assist them in pushing through such times to ensure that they reach their destination, wherever that may be. We at Hikurangi School are lucky to be surrounded by numerous ancestral maunga and we have aligned our kura to four of these tupuna maunga. They form the boundaries to the whenua which the majority of tamariki live and come from.

‘Nga Maunga Whakahirahira, Nga Maunga Tupuna, Nga Maunga Korero’

The mountains that we group our students into at school are:

  • Te Hiku o te Rangi - This is our mountain that is immediately to the west of our School

  • Huruiki - This mountain is situated at Whangaruru

  • Matanui - This mountain is situated slightly inland from Matapouri

  • Onekainga - This mountain is situated at Whananaki

Our Students compete in a range of school-based activities and they represent their maunga with pride. The competition is both fierce and healthy. The pride that they take in their maunga assists them in all learning contexts at school. Each maunga grouping has student Rangatira (leaders) and this initiative flows into our Tuakana / Teina kaupapa that we have at Hikurangi School.

Nga Roopu Maunga


Whaea Alysha

Whaea Kerryn

Mr. Crawford

Whaea Rachel

Whaea Maria

Whaea Shontelle

Te Hiku o te Rangi

Mr. Ward

Whaea Natasha

Whaea Stacey

Ms. Keatley

Whaea Ani

Matua Elton


Whaea Catherine

Whaea Helen

Donna Rumbal

Mrs. Smith

Whaea Whitney

Matua Joe


Matua James

Mrs. Macnay

Whaea Dianne

Whaea Chantelle

Phil Lawrie

Whaea Kyla