Kia ora koutou, my name is Te Aranga Hakiwai and my tribal afiliations are Ngati Kahungunu, Rongowhakaata, Ngai Tahu, and Ngati Porou. I am 17 years of age and I am the Head Boy at Te Aute College. My passion is Te Reo Māori and rugby. Next year I hope to attend Victoria University to study Maori, and Anthropology.
Whakatangata Kia Kaha – A source of inspiration, a motto for success
The school is a key factor behind the achievements of the many well-known past pupils and for that is the reason I will be explaining the main source behind the successes of the school, which in this case is the school motto; “Kia mataara, e tu I runga I te whakapono Whakatangata Kia Kaha, kia meatia a koutou mea katoa I runga I te aroha” this is taken from 1 Corinthians 16:13 and is simply translated to “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith. Quit ye like men, be strong. Let all you do be done in Love.” I strongly believe that this is the driving force that both inspires and encourages the pupils to reach the pinnacle of their capabilities. It has helped me overcome obstacles as it has with both past and present students. This motto is the guiding star in the sky for us at Te Aute, without it we would be lost, it is the backbone for us in times of hardship. This motto has the ability to not only change lives but to provide strength and sustainability for anyone, so in this essay I will talk about the three aspects which make this motto so effective, they are strength, faith, and love.