Hamilton East School

Engaged, Respectful, Literate, Curious, Connected  


Stand tall! Reach high! Tū Tangata! Tū Maiā


What do we stand for?

In 2015 the Board of Trustees adopted a new Vision and Whakataukfor Hamilton East School to reflect our values, expectations and aspirations, and to inform and guide our future decision-making and conduct. The Vision, Whakatauk, and school logo are interwoven and the cornerstones of what our school stands for.


Our Vision is ‘Stand tall, reach high’. It was inspired by our beautiful redwood tree that has graced the HES grounds since the early 1900s.

Our Vision means being proud of ourselves, of each other and of our school, and having confidence now and into the future. It speaks of the heights our tamariki can reach with the right care and nurturing, and the importance of having a strong foundation or roots to weather any storms. It reminds us to dream big and aim high.


A whakatauk(proverb or saying) is an important aspect of Mori culture. Our whakataukis ‘TTangata! TMia!’. It was informed by the Vision but as with all whakatauk, it is metaphoric and carries many meanings. This whakataukwas recommended by Te Whnau Hononga and endorsed by the Board. Te Whnau Hononga is a group of parents and whnau of Mori students who seek to support and promote the success of Mori students at HES; guide and promote the use of te reo, mtauranga Mori and tikanga Mori; and uphold the Treaty of Waitangi.

"T” means to stand, establish or hold. "Tangata” means person or individual. "Mia” means to be brave, bold, capable or confident.

TTangata! Is a call to stand tall and demonstrate ‘personhood’. It encompasses attitudes and values, responsibility and compassion, and standing firm in one’s beliefs. It includes knowing our place in the world, including through acknowledging and valuing whakapapa, reo and tikanga.

TMia! Is a call to demonstrate courage and creativity. It encompasses leadership, independence, confidence and pride and recognition of one’s skills. For Mori, it includes valuing and being Mori.

He kupu akiaki tnei ki a ttou kia whakanuia te reo Mori, tikanga Mori and mtauranga Mori. This is an opportunity for us to celebrate reo, tikanga and Mtauranga Mori.1


The guiding principles for HES learners are to be :
Engaged, Respectful, Literate, Curious and Connected (please refer to the toolkit)