Our Vision 

Ignite   -   Navigate   -   Thrive  

"Tahuna  te urunga kia puāwai"

Our mission statement, vision and whakatauaki of Te Manawa ō Pāpāmoa has evolved in response to consultation and refinement with our community and mana whenua - Ngā Potiki. As connections and relationships are formed across the āko hapori (learning community), these elements will become our shared language and represent 'who we are' as a kura.


"We care for, connect with, and know every learner, they are at the heart of all we do.”

A mission statement, or simply a mission, is a public declaration that schools or other educational organizations use to describe their founding purpose and major organizational commitments.

At Te Manawa ō Pāpāmoa School,  the key concepts of 'care', 'connect', 'every learner', 'heart' and 'we' translate directly into our Manawatanga or kura values of Manaaki (caring), Kaha (courageous), taruna (connections), Pākiki (curious), Auaha (creative) which is integrated through our language, actions, culture and pumanawatanga (vibe).


Visions are powerful mental images of what we want to create in the future. They reflect what we care about most, and are harmonious with our values and sense of purpose.

The tension we feel from comparing our mental image of a desired future with today’s reality is what fuels a vision.

                                                                                                                                                           Marjorie Parker (Parker, 1990:2)


Spark the joy


Navigate the journey


Thrive in a transforming world


"Tāhuna te urunga kia puāwai"

Whakatauāki are designed to capture appropriate information in a compact form which can then be unpacked and applied in context. 

Our Te Manawa ō Pāpāmoa whakatauāki is grounded in the kupu of Ngā Potiki with specific reference to whenua, awa and moana.

 'Tāhuna te urunga kia puāwai...' 

describes the journey of our kaimanawa, to a position, where they are able to “Thrive.” 


The call to action and a metaphor for being prepared and ready to take action. Tāhuna makes reference to the Rangataua (estuary).


Navigation within the simplest form, making reference to a nautical context. This represents a connection to te awa (Kaituna, Horoipia, Wairākei, Waitao.) There is a strong reference to moana ā Toitehuatahi (ancestor of Tamapāhore located on Mōtītī Island) and also te moana nui ā Kiwa (in reference to the vast oceans abroad and also the Pacific).


A kākano breaking through showing new or fresh growth. Puāwai (Thriving) enables one to be grounded in their Turangawaewae, Hauora (Health) and Tuakiri (Identity). Puāwai is the culmination of tāhuna and urunga.