Ashhurst School Whakapapa

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Ashhurst School Team Names

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Ashhurst School Houses

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Ashhurst School Gateway

The carved gateway at the Cambridge Avenue entrance was erected in 1990. It is named He Kuwaha a kite ketearonui, the door to life's knowledge. The carving tells the story of Tane's mission to obtain the three baskets of knowledge from the Heavens, with the assistance of the guardian Huru-tea-a-rangi.

Māori Performing Arts

Kapa Haka Tohu

Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini

The main compositional element of the tohu/design is the kowhaiwhai pattern called Pūhoro. The Pūhoro is found on the front of a waka (canoe), which embodies the notion of speed, strength and power. This pattern empowers the waka to cut through the water.

In the context of knowledge, the Pūhoro represents the strength of one to attain knowledge, gain intelligence and wisdom, to be tenacious, while showing commitment and respect.

This Pūhoro also represents whakapapa (genealogy) as a continuum of knowledge, disseminated down through the generations. This whakapapa/knowledge represents the dreams and aspirations of people, sung for all to hear and understand in the context of kapa haka.

The kapa haka group is similar to a waka, as a vessel for knowledge. Each participant comes together to strengthen the kaupapa and celebrate kapa haka and its many creative facets.

The colours are from the Ashhurst School colours, but they are lifted in their colour value to reflect the vibrancy of the school.

The title of the tohu comes from the whakataukī (proverb):

"Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini"

My success should not be bestowed onto me alone, as it was not individual success but success of a collective.


Kapa Haka Waiata 2017