Tatua (belt) & Tipare (headband)
“Ko Whangara te putahitanga o te tangata, te parekereke o te korero”
Putahi is the name given by our elders to the rengarenga plant. It is said to be a mauri, which was bought by the whale to Whangara Mai Tawhiti. The tuahu of this mauri was established on Tokaarangi (Whangara Island) during the arrival period of our ancestors.
Tatua(belt) & Tipare (Headband)
“Nga ara whakatara o Te Urunga Tapu o Paikea”
These are the migratory pathways traversed by Paikea, his final resting place being Te Ana o Paikea on the southern side of the Island at Whangara.
“Te tangata i aitia ki runga takapau wharanui”
The chevron mat design represents the importance of whakapapa (genealogy).
The poutama pattern on which the Putahi is placed represents knowledge from the four corners of the pacific.