This Waharoa incorporates our Carving house, the unique styles and the traditional Te Atiawa style of the Region.
The Amo (Upright) to the left represents Te Awa Kairangi (Hutt River) and the Amo to the right represents the path that ran across the mountain ridge called TukuTuku.
The Maihi (Cross Brace) is called “Te Kōtuku”. This represents the School’s Icon “White Heron” which is symbolic in Māori tradition of Pure Wisdom.
The RapaRapa (Gable Ends) represents the wingtips. These are usually fingers as Waharoa are usually carved for an Ancestor, but as Belmont was beneath the waters of the River until the coming of Tauiwi, the Carver has chosen to carve this Waharoa as a Manu (Bird).
The Carving design on the face represents the Puhoro – which is symbolic of Wind & Water currents, to show the Kōtuku soaring high.
The Ngutukākā - represents the Kaka beak, symbolic of Intelligence & Curiosity. The carver has linked the designs to form Te Puawaitangi, which captures the essence of Aspiration & Co-operation.
The Koruru (head) is the unique style of our carving House and represents the Manu (Bird) form.
The Carver has lashed the green ropes to represent Pounamu. This is because children & knowledge are our greatest Taonga just as Pounamu is one of our People’s greatest Treasures.
It is the hope that the School Children, Parents, Teachers and visitors to the area see this Waharoa and feel connected to our school's culture, and that this continues for many generations to come.
Mā te mahi tahi ka piki kōtuku