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 Image below: Puhoro Huntly College

What is a puhoro?  

Maaori Art of Tatooing: 

The classical tattoo designs which were in vogue at the time of European settlement have been studied in detail by Robley in his monumental work Moko. The principal elements on a man's face were the pu-kauwae, spiral designs on the chin; the rerepehi, a series of parallel curved lines from the chin to the side of the nose; the paepae, two large multiple spirals on the cheek; rerepi and pongiangia, spirals on the nose; and tiwhana, a series of rays curving from the inner end of the eyebrow, above the brows, and sweeping downwards above the ear. A fully tattooed man also had a puhoro type of pattern, called ipurangi, on the upper part of the forehead, a small motif, called titi, on the lower part of the forehead, and a puhoro design, called pu-taringa, between the ear and the spirals on the cheek. Men frequently had large spirals (rape) tattooed on the buttocks and puhoro designs on the thighs. Occasionally other parts of the body, such as the chest and the backs of the hands, were tattooed. Women were usually tattooed only on the lips and the chin, though sometimes a small mark was incised on the forehead. Some women were also tattooed on the waist and the thighs, but this was not particularly common.


ABOVE IMAGE: Huntly College Puhoro/Motif, NZ: The puhoro is part of rebranding Huntly College to give the College a more modern look and to bemore in touch with our community. The puhoro will be used to promote the College in many ways including marketing and some items of uniform. Designed locally and with kaumatua approval, we are excited by this new concept. The motif or puhoro depicts relationships between staff, students and the community. Waikato – Tainui, the Kingitanga, the journey travelled by the Tainui waka from Hawaiki to its resting place in Kawhia. The journey of students through school and the importance of education and ultimately the place of Huntly College is central to this design. 

The adoption and inclusion of this puhoro symbolises several significant features. This is local, and relates directly to our College, our area and relationships in our school. Waikato-Tainui, Kingitanga and the land the College sits on, are all part of this motif. The journey that students must encounter to be successful as they enter and some later leave College is represented in this puhoro ( Excerpt from the Huntly College Newsletter 10 Sept 2014 issue # 8-Principal Tim Foy).

The above image portrays a typical puhoro tattooed on the arm of a person. 

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