The moko seen on every page in this website was created specifically for Hauhake.
It represents a number of things and I'll try and explain them here.
1. the larger koru form an inverted mangopare
2. coming out of the mangopare are ihiihi or shoots
3. there are two shades of kikorangi in the moko
Mangopare implies never giving up, always striving for success, always striving to vanquish problems
The ihiihi allude to the growth that comes from striving, from hard work and labour, and this is
what so many of us are involved in. They also allude to new growth which eventually will need to be harvested.
Kikorangi represents matauranga, knowledge and understanding. There are two shades of blue - the
darker implies the knowledge that is obvious and upfront, while the lighter indicates something more subtle, more hidden,
not so obvious and perhaps not so easily grasped.
Hauhake of course is the kupu Maori for 'reap'
He aha te mea nui o te ao?
Maku e ki atu, "He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!"
What is the most important thing in the world
I would reply, "The person! The person! Always, the person!"
In modern Aotearoa, this whakatauki is particularly relevant when we consider the fact
that education is essentially oriented towards the User Pays idea, where notions of materialism and capitalism are paramount.
In a Maori thinking world, this is an anathema to Maori people, whereby our tikanga states that the most important aspect
is the person, always the person and not profit margins, not budgets ant the almighty dollar.
It behoves us to consider how we might impact upon our colleagues and clients and demonstrate
this idea to them, especially when education is still producing a second-class citizen in this so-called First-world nation.
It behoves us to enact manaakitanga and aroha whenever we can. It behoves us to fill our space with tikanga and tika.