Apanui School - He manu hou ahau he pi ka rere - I am a small bird poised for flight - Phone: 07 308 7687 Fax: 07 308 6916 Email: office@apanui.school.nz 92 McAlister Street Whakatane 3210

School Vision

Ake Runga    -   "Our best always"

Tawhaki climbed the vine of knowledge through the ten sacred heavens, where he faced a test at each heaven, to receive the four baskets of knowledge. These baskets are Whekite (observation), Whekaro (learn), Te Werohia (analyse and investigate) and Te Whakairihia (apply my new knowledge). To complete this process is to become Te Pou Mataaho (Knowledgeable and appreciative of many perspectives). Ake Runga means to always give our best effort as we climb the vine of knowledge at Apanui School.


Mission Statement

To inspire students to develop skills, values and attitudes that will prepare them for life in an ever changing world and acquire a lifelong passion for learning.


Whakatauaki of Ngati Awa

"He manu hou ahau, he pi ka rere.” -        

"I am a small bird poised for flight.”


Te Mautaranui was a young Ngati Awa warrior and leader. Tuakeake was jealous and planned to murder Te Mautaranui. Tuakake offered Te Mautaranui his sisters hand in marriage and he invited him to Kahungunu (Hawkes Bay). The people of Ngati Awa advised Te Mautaranui not to go.  However, he decided to go. Te Mautaranui arrived at Kahungunu and was welcomed onto the pā. Tuakeake closed the gates of the pā behind Te Mautaranui. Te Mautaranui knew that he was trapped and he uttered ‘He manu hou ahau, he pi ka rere’. Te Mautaranui faced this challenge but he was defeated and died.  Tuakeake broke Te Mautaranui physically, but they could not break his spirit.

School Logo

Our logo depicts the Mātaatua Waka in front of White Island (Whakaari) on the top right. The Mātaauta waka was one of the great voyaging waka. It brought Māori descendants to the Eastern BOP region, including Ngati Awa. It was captained by Toroa and landed in Whakatane more than 700 years ago.

Moutuhora Island (Whale Island) is shown in the bottom left.  This has significance to both Ngati Awa and Tuhoe. Moutuhora Island is a major feature of the Whakatane seascape.

School Values

Apanui School Values are:

Respect – Whakanuitanga:

Collaborates and co-operates with others

Is kind and helpful

Respects the uniqueness of others

Displays courtesy and addresses teachers/peers appropriately

Shows respect for our school and the wider environment
Resilience – Whakamanawatanga:

Shows independence

Perseveres with tasks

Demonstrates self-controlIs prepared to take risks and learns from


Displays positivity


Responsibility – Manaakitanga:

Displays appropriate playground behaviour

Makes good choices

Observes class routines

Follows directions

Manages time effectively