Ahutoetoe - The place of the Toetoe
We have been entrusted as kaitiaki of this land and gifted the name Ahutoetoe by Ngāti Whātua, Maunga Wakahii o Kaipara. The name reflects the local wetland area which was connected to the east coast and west coast by Weiti and Orewa Rivers. This wetland provided an abundance of natural resources including nurturing the toetoe for building and design purposes. The strength of the toetoe to adapt, flourish and change the world around them in this wetland is our inspiration.
How to pronounce our name:
The rich cultural heritage of the area and the relationship with iwi are key aspects of the environment and identity of our school. The designated site for the school was formerly natural wetlands, abundant with a rich source of resources for iwi as they traveled through the area, gathering fish, shark, pipi and other shellfish. The area formed a natural link between the west and east coast using the Weiti River as a portage. The school’s logo links us to the original wetland, natural landmarks and the various native fauna/flora that inhabited the site. These are also used in our school’s imagery, cultural artwork, landscaping design and building names. Ahutoetoe School honours the past, is representative of present aspirations and innovations, and provides inspiration for a promising future. The land sustained a whole people, but now land will sustain future generations.
CONNECT / HONO
This represents the local wetlands and rivers. Just as the rivers flow to and from the ocean we embrace the knowledge and land passed to us from our tangata whenua and left behind when we are gone.
NURTURE / POIPOI
The Koru represents the flora and fauna of Ahutoetoe and embodies the Maori concept of new beginnings, life, and hope.
INSPIRE / HIRINGA
The peak of the mountain represents our land (whenua) and our aspirations to be the best that we can be.
Connect ... Nurture ... Inspire
Hono ... Poipoi ... Hiringa
TERM DATES 2023
Wednesday 1st February - Thursday 6th April
Waitangi Day – observed 6th Feb
Monday 9th October - Friday 15th December
Labour Day – 23rd October