The concept of Paerangi extends the well known proverb that refers to
achieving those goals or aims immediately in front of you (ko te pae
tata, whakamaua kia tina) while always striving to get closer to those
distant goals on the horizon (ko te pae tawhiti, whaia kia tata).
Paerangi represents the ultimate journey in pursuit of excellence, asking
students to aim beyond the distant horizon, and to shoot for the heavens
or the stars. Paerangi contains a notion of risk, and of the unknown,
in that what lies beyond, within the heavens, is unexplored.