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Tuakana-taina – the Story behind Hagley’s Values

June 7, 2017
By Mike Fowler

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Our values are symbolised by this koru: the tuakana (the older koru fern) shelters the taina (the younger koru) as it grows and unfurls.

Our values [trust,  respect, integrity, personal responsibility] rest within this tuakana-taina relationship:
• Whakamarumaru (Responsibility): Whakamarumaru means “to cause shade”; the tuakana protects the taina, helping it grow.
• Whakawhirinaki (Trust): Whirinaki is “to lean upon”; the taina relies upon the tuakana to provide support.
• Mana (Respect): Mana is the relationship of mutual respect between the tuakana and taina.
• Tika (Integrity): Tika is to be correct; when something is the way it should be.

With these values in place, the taina of today will become the tuakana of tomorrow. We want to promote our values and build understanding about what they mean for us. We asked our Year 9 and 10 students for their ideas and we’ve used a selection to promote these in awards for students living out values both at school and beyond school too. A few of our students’ ideas included here might feature in these awards:

WHAKAWHIRINAKI [TRUST] : believing in those around you
MANA [RESPECT]: appreciating others first
TIKA [INTEGRITY]: doing the right thing
WHAKAMARUMARU [RESPONSIBILITY]:  setting an example

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