Onepoto Community Gateway


Onepoto Community Gateway is truly blessed

Grey overcast skies could not dampen the warm spirits of the Onepoto School Community Gateway Blessing on Monday morning this week (17.11.2014).

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

Kaumatua Patrick Taylor blessed the carving work of Onepoto ex-pupil Clarke Ngamu followed by the school singing a moving version of the hymn He Honere.

There was an audible gasp from the crowd when the covering was removed to reveal the carving.

Clarke Ngamu explained how 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.

School principal Marc Dombroski says,” 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 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