Ko te kai rapu, ko ia ka kite
He who seeks will find.
Our Pō Whakanui, held in Term Four each year, is an end-of-year celebration for our Māori ākonga. This event is organised by our rangatahi, who cater and facilitate a special evening of whakawhanaungatanga and whakanui. We celebrate the academic, sporting and cultural success of our ākonga. Whānau, kaiako and our wider community are all invited to this very special event to tautoko our rangatahi.
- The Manukura o Pūtaringamotu korowai recognises a Year 13 student who positively embodies Te Ao Māori as a whole within the school and wider community.
- Te Wairua o Ngā Mahi o Tāne-Rore (Tuakana award for Kapa Haka)
- Te Wairua o Ngā Mahi o Hine Rehia (Teina award for Kapa Haka)
- RHS Te Hononga Wairua Award (for the combined Kapa Haka rōpū)
- Te Mana o Te Reo Māori (Tuakana award for top achievement in Te Reo Māori
- Laugesen Whānau Te Ringatoi Māori (for excellence in the Arts)
- Rongomaraeroa award (tuakana and teina awards for top sportspeople)
- Note: Ngā kete academic awards are presented at Academic Assemblies in Term One
Ko te kai o te rangatira, he kōrero.
In 2010 in effort to raise the profile of Te Reo Māori at Te Kura Tuarua o Pūtaringamotu, and give mana to the highest achieving student in Te Reo Māori at the end of each year, a korowai was made.
Nā ngā ringa Toi, nā te aroha hoki o tēnā o tēnā, kua hangaia tēnei o ngā taonga.
Blue raukura were chosen to represent the core colour that Riccarton High School is identified by, with gold highlights – taken from the kura crest.
All students and kaiako at the kura during this year were all invited to place an individual raukura into the korowai as it was being sewn. In doing so, their aroha was embedded into this taonga and would remain at the kura long after they had moved on.
The taniko was hand stitched by Jo Brown (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Tāhinga) taking 82 hours to complete.
The taniko consists of a Poutama design. The Poutama (or steps) represent the various levels of learning and academic achievement, and acknowledge Tāne ascending to the heavens in his quest for superior knowledge.
The first r
ecipient of the korowai was Rachel Gray (Ngāti Porou), and it was the vision that her, and every recipient that followed would have their name and iwi stitched inside each year.