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Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru o Te Arawa refers to the eight beating hearts (children) of Rangitihi, one of our illustrious chiefs,. Rangitihi was the great-great grandson of Tamatekapua, and was arguably one of our most influential chiefs of the time. The descendants of Rangitihi's eight children make up the Te Arawa iwi and hapū of today.

This whakatauākī (proverb), which embraces all of the hapū and iwi of Te Arawa, underpins the inclusive approach taken by our initiative

Ngā Pūmanawa e Waru. This initiative will bring all schools, learners, iwi, communities and whānau of Rotorua together to share a common kaupapa – one that is connected, future focused and centered on learner achievement.