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 Meaning of Waingākau

Waingākau embraces the essence of nurturing. “Wai” refers to Heretaunga Haukunui (Heretaunga of the life-giving dews or water) and also to the two rivers Ngaruroro and Tukituki. Most importantly, within a spritual and physical context, water is life.

“Ngākau” is the heart, the effection we have for each other as a whānau, as a community. At the heart of any good community is a nurturing core. It also pays reference to the historical account of the lands embroidered in whakapapa.

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