Our Onepoto Community Gateway 

Our beautifully carved Gateway stands with mana at the entrance to our school. Our students and staff pass through its arms each day with pride, knowing that it represents them, their whanau and their community.

The Onepoto School Community Gateway was carved by ex-pupil Clarke Ngamu. The Blessing took place on Monday 17th November 2014. It was blessed by Kaumatua Patrick Taylor.

The carved gateway was commissioned with the brief that the carving should reflect the multi-cultural diversity that is the Onepoto School Community.

The meaning behind Clarke Ngamu's Carving

The tekoteko at the top represents being kiwi. The tamariki are represented at the top of each carved pou while the teachers, sole parents and pensioners are each included in the arches. Hauraki fish net patterns, the Southern Cross, Rangitoto and pohutakawa blossoms are also painted among the carving.

The heart totara poles or pou include Tongan and Samoan turtles, flower patterns of Niue, a dragon to represent the growing Asian community, a Union Jack and a maple leaf, a Maori taiaha, a guitar, a netball, the building blocks of knowledge and the school motto Aim High.

The Principal at the time Mr Dombroski was so proud of the Gateway stating,” We can hold our heads high, be proud of who we are and what the gateway represents, a multi-cultural community learning to live side by side with respect and tolerance for each other.”

Onepoto School is grateful for this beautifully carved  taonga!


Onepoto Primary School
Fraser Avenue
Northcote 0627
North Shore City
Fraser Avenue
PO Box 36 126
Northcote NSC 0748
Phone:+64 (0)9 480 7469
Fax:+64 (0)9 419 2168