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“Aroha Ki Nga Tamariki – Love to all children” Gifted by Wharewera Koopu (Ngāti Awa, Whānau ā-Apanui)

The tohu is based on the famous Māori proverb:

He taonga rongonui, te aroha ki te tangata
Goodwill towards others is a precious gift

The tohu is:

  • a koru design that is symbolic of Māori art form
  • a koru design that depicts ngā tamariki, ngā mātua and kaiako - all intertwined together in some way
  • a tohu that is uncomplicated and could easily be carved as a manaia if required and worn as a taonga
  • a tohu that could incorporate a Māori proverb that is relevant to the work of RTLB.

The Māori tohu shows two smaller figures (ngā tamariki) being embraced by two larger figures (ngā pākeke).

Ngā pākeke represent kaiako and ngā mātua who are embracing, teaching and nurturing ngā tamariki. This is done under the umbrella of RTLB guidance (note the umbrella shape).

The tohu is purposely heart-shaped – Children are at the heart of the RTLB service.

Note: This tohu was originally designed and gifted to the NZRTLB Association by Wharewera Koopu (Ngāti Awa, Whānau ā-Apanui). Contributors to the development of He Urunga TūAn Entrance to Engagement opted for this design to be at the centre of the framework as it was designed specifically to reflect our RTLB practice.