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Waka Maumahara and Tiki Wananga - Michael Matchitt

'Waka Maumahara and Tiki Wanganga'



Michael Matchitt is a tohunga whakairo (master carver). Proudly part of a legacy of whakairo, Michael descends from Te Whānau ā Te Ēhutu and Te Whānau ā Apanui – iwi recognised for their contributions not only to whakairo but also to teaching and the arts.

This three-piece carved installation encapsulates the values and aspirations of St Paul’s Collegiate School and is a visual representation of the interconnected cultures, beliefs, and values in the school’s strong character and tradition.

The central Pou, Tiki Wananga, is a figure of learning and a reminder that St Paul’s is a place of rich knowledge, and a place for learning, personal growth and development.

The two Pou on either side, Waka Maumahara, are representative of the way in which all of our learning journeys are impacted and shaped by the values, beliefs and people that form our community.

Our identity as an Anglican school and this key biblical message grounds who we are at St Paul’s; our past, present and future, is guided in the story of Christ and the teaching and learning to be unpacked from this supports the way in which this community works to shape individuals to become active contributors to society.

Michael was commissioned by the Leavers of 2014 to produce the Pou as a leaving gift to St Paul's Collegiate School.

Location: Student Centre (Hamilton Campus)

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