Kotuku is known as the white heron detailed on our school crest.
- Symbolises the wh?nau values as we see them: purity and uniqueness
- Also symbolises everything rare and beautiful, which we don’t mind
- Everyone is their own person, as we are unique individuals, but we all come together despite our cultural diversity within the White whanau
- Birds are known for nurturing their young and guiding them to flight. The elder students of our wh?nau in the same way will take the younger students ‘under their wing’ and support them through their high school years, until they too take flight and soar
- Kotuku were seen as a treasure; maori used their feathers to adorn the heads of chiefs both in life and death, and the birds have a high regard in maori mythology
- As the Maori proverb says ‘we are all as rare as the kotuku’, having this amazing bird representing our wh?nau means we take on that high regard and prestige.