Toka Tū is the name chosen for this project and comes from the whakatauki:
Ahakoa akina a tai, akina a hau, he toka tū toka ahuru tatou
Although the tides and winds may come crashing down upon us, like a rock we stand resilient and comfortable in the face of adversity.
The ‘mango pare’ part of the design represents the resilient rock or ‘Toka Tū’ while the koru on either side of the mango pare represents the tide and winds which crash upon the rock day in and day out.
The logo was designed by Henare Brooking, of Ngati Porou and Rongowhakaata descent. Henare was taught his skills by renowned master carver and tohunga ta moko Mark Kopua, which has enabled Henare to open his own ta moko business, Mokoira, in Lower Hutt.