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Puna Hauaitū
(Year 1 – 2)
When Rākaihautū carved out the puna across Te Waipounamu there were three different types of puna. Puna Hauaitū were filled with the purest of glacial waters that flowed from the mountains. Puna Hauaitū in the context of Te Pā represents “pure potential”

Puna Waimarie
(Year 3 – 6)
Puna Waimarie are said to have been bountiful with kai and were said to be peaceful waters.
It is our intention in all puna to feed our pononga ā-tinana, ā-hinengaro, ā-wairua, ā-whānau everyday in every way and to provide an environment that is tau and conducive to learning.

Puna Karikari
(Year 7 – 10)

Puna karikari refers to the puna that were dug by hand.
At this level we are expecting our pononga to start picking up their Kō and start carving out their own worlds like Rākaihautū.

Waka Uruao
(Year 11 – 13)

Uruao was the waka that Rākaihautū brought the people of Waitaha to Te Waipounamu in.
It arrived in Nelson and whilst his son continued in the waka down the length of the island, Rākaihautū is said to have made his way by land through the island with his Kō, Tuwhakaroria, and carved out the many puna across Te Waipounamu.
By Tau 11 – 13 we aim for our pononga to get on their own waka and determine their own pathways.