“Te Kiko o Rangitoto” means “The inner soul of our mountain, Rangitoto," representing our ambition to connect, engage and excel.

Our commitment to our bicultural past, present and future is founded in our philosophy that all students will develop their matauranga (knowledge) of self, and an understanding of our tikanga whilst at Rangitoto. This is supported through our key value of integrity, he ngākau pono, which is the College’s commitment to demonstrate whakawhanaungatanga with our students, whānau and iwi.    

The mango pare, the hammerhead shark in our motif, is representative of he ngākau māia, courage. This can be understood as the courage to overcome adversity and the courage to achieve te hiranga, excellence, in whatever we put our minds to.

The kōwhaiwhai represents ngā hau e whā, the four winds. This encourages all students to learn and treasure the language and cultural protocols of the indigenous culture of Aotearoa. It is also an acknowledgement of the cultural diversity within the school.

Tīhei mauri ora!

Perhaps the greatest privilege of a career in education is the opportunity to walk beside learners as they explore and form evermore in-depth concepts and understandings about the world around them, the communities to which they belong and the ‘self’ that has limitless potential to contribute to those communities. What an awesome responsibility for educators to carry – to help shape and form the identity of a student.
- Sarah Galbraith, Kaitiaki Reo Māori