After lockdown, Kaiako from Central Kids Ōtorohanga spent time creating an inviting space for tamariki to use as they returned to kindergarten.
The Whare Whakaaro is a special quiet, calming place for tamariki to spend time reflecting and to come up with plans. With consultation from whānau, kaiako chose to represent Papatūānuku on the tekoteko, she has become the guardian of those to choose to use the Whare Whakaaro.
The Mangopare design which is taken from the hammerhead shark marks the maihi of the whare. It displays strength and courage and reinforces the safe place it is.
Pātiki were chosen to embellish the pou on either side of the entrance to the whare as well as the rafters inside. This pattern was taken from the flounder and represents hospitality and Manaakitanga. For the Whare Whakaaro, Manaakitanga is sense through tamariki taking care of their own needs and the needs of others through reflection.