"This year we gifted the school an Ōamaru Stone sculpture carved by Brett Keno. The goal of this gift is to create a physical presence of Māoridom in the King’s College grounds, taking a significant step forward in representation for Māori and Pasifika students in the school, but also to symbolise inclusivity and acceptance for all students.
The sculpture was based on the whakatauki Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki te tuohu koe, me he maunga teitei, which means Seek the treasure that you value most dearly, if you bow your head, let it be to a lofty mountain - aligning with the King’s ideals of excellence and prosperity. We also wanted it to represent growth, the tuakana teina relationship and acceptance.
The Hei Matau or fishhook shape is a symbol of strength, perseverance and prosperity, while the Koru is incorporated to represent growth and new beginnings. The base of the carving is adorned with three patterns, representing the three family units of whānau, hapu and iwi.
The Pasifika design represents the multicultural makeup of the student body. The Shark teeth design represents courage and strength while the weaving pattern symbolises bonds developed among students and teachers throughout the years.
I would like to thank Tahu Swann, Brett Swan, Waiora Morris, Levi Uluakiahoia, Amorangi Kuka, Mr Wilson, Mr Savage, Hariata McKean and Mr Mitchell for all their assistance on this project. We hope that this gift leaves an imprint on the King’s community and has a positive effect that lasts many years past our departure."