The pari design was inspired by attributes of a leader. The design incorporates different variations of the niho taniwha design, which represents strength and resilience, both in their mahi ā kura, and mahi kapa haka. The lines separating the two sets of niho taniwha are in reference to the whakatauki, ma whero, ma pango, ka oti ai te mahi. The lines represent kotahitanga, mahi tahi, and tapatahi, which are key elements of both kura and kapa haka. The overall design is a compilation of all our school values. We draw our strength from our will to protect, to respect, always be integral, and to strive for excellence. Our resilience is drawn from ‘Daring to take a risk’, or in other words, seeing things to the end, irrespective of whether the outcome is certain or not.
The red colour represents our Earth mother papatuanuku, while the black and white represent te pō and te ao mārama (the night and the world of enlightenment).