Te Ahi Kaikōmako
Take a tour and learn why we are so very proud of our school which has had a presence in Rolleston since 1893!
The name Te Ahi Kaikōmako was gifted by Te Taumutu Rūnanga
and has its origins in the narrative of Māui and Mahuika. In the
narrative, Mahuika placed a small amount of fire in all of the trees
in the bush, except for the kaikōmako tree, which received the
most amount of fire. An essential element for survival, fire was
most easily retrieved from the kaikōmako, making it an incredibly
valuable resource for early Māori.
The kaikōmako is also known as the ‘ducks foot’ or the ‘bellbird
tree’, and the female tree is a food source for the korimako. The
name Te Ahi Kaikōmako utilises the metaphor of the school being
the source of fire for its students learning; providing them with
the tools they need to learn and grow, the students feeding from
the kaikōmako, like the korimako.
E Tū Tāngata - Stand Together
We are committed to the journey of making a cultural shift within NZ Society and tackling the "Tall Poppy" Syndrome to transform communities. HOW? By allowing us all to E Tū Tāngata - Stand Tall and realise that we are ALL 10/10 people.