Our Name

There is the famous proverb, ‘Whāia te iti kahurangi, ki te tūohu koe me he maunga teitei – Pursue that which is precious, and do not be deterred by anything less than a lofty mountain’. This well-known proverb encourages people in their pursuits and to persevere.


The word Kahurangi has various connotations that are similar in meaning.

Kahurangi literally means prized, precious, honourable, distinguished and treasured.

Kahurangi is also a type of light-green, translucent greenstone without flaws or spots that is highly prized. Through these various meanings we understand how precious and treasured our children are, like a greenstone that is pure and innocent.  

Kahurangi also means blue as in the phrase, ‘Kahu o te Rangi’ meaning ‘the cloak of the heavens’.  This is a reference to Ranginui-e-tū-nei, the Sky Father of Maori creation beliefs.  However, this term Kahurangi also distinguishes the child's wonder of our world and the universe, and our constant looking upwards towards things that are greater than ourselves.

Kahurangi captures the essence of life's journey, and the aspirations of seeking summits beyond what has been attained so that we set new benchmarks for future generations.

We thank the The Port Nicholson Trust for gifting us a name that captures the aspirations that we have as a community for our children.

Our logo and colours

Our school logo combines the meaning of our school name as well as reflecting the many cultures that attend Kahurangi School.

Our school colours come from Kahurangi the type of light-green, translucent greenstone and blue in reference to ‘Kahu o te Rangi, the cloak of the heavens.