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  • 1. The Sculpture
    • Ideas from the children, artist and the wider community was used to create the sculpture.
  • 2. Totara tree
    • A totara tree frames the beginning of life’s path, rooted firmly in the earth, branches and leaves stretching towards the light.
    • We have a totara tree next to the hall.
  • 3. Manaia (Seahorse)
    • The manaia (seahorse) is a symbol of Onehunga (people of the beach). It is the kaitiaki (guardian) and instructor, his hand on his full puku (belly) showing ‘plenty’.
  • 4. Manaia (part 2)
    • The manaia’s woven lower body and tail flow out into the plaited strands of many different cultures and races, bringing diverse gifts of knowledge and their fruits of culture and story telling.
    Between the strands of the manaia’s tail are fruits, flowers, fish and animals from around the world – the gifts of our planet Earth and the sea.
  • 5. Koru
    • Under the totara tree and the manaia are koru representing the children and students. They represent a nurtured growth, new beginnings and future hopes unfurling.
  • 6. Maungakiekie – One Tree Hill
    • Maungakiekie is shown with a hand that represents the original tangata whenua, Wai Ohua holding a tokotoko, a symbol of communication and listening.
  • 7. Frigate bird
    • Many different people from around the world have journeyed across the sea to Onehunga. A symbol of migration across the Pacific Ocean to Aotearoa (New Zealand)
  • 8. Pacifika Symbols
    • The sculpture has symbols to represent our Pacific island neighbours.
  • 9. An Eel…
    • … enjoying himself in the water.
  • 10. Elephant
    • An elephant from the African continent.
  • 11.
    • The dragon is to represent the Asian continent.
    • The bananas are from Ecuador to show South America.
  • 12. A New Zealand icon the kiwi is present, along with the ika a gift of the sea from Onehunga. Ika Kiwi
  • 13. From India…
    • … the lotus flower.
  • 14. These represent Great Britain, Italy, Netherlands and Europe. Scotch thistle Citrus Tulips Grapes Pears
  • 15. Palm tree
    • A beautiful palm to represent Aotearoa and the Pacific
  • 16. Acknowledgement
    • Amey and Alex were the photographers and did some of the Powerpoint with Miss Gibbs doing the ‘tidy up’.