Niho Taniwha - Teeth of the taniwha
Symbolising strength and resilience.
The direction of the tohu is front facing with the pointed tip or nose referring to always making progress even when things get tough. At times you will have to be more delicate and not over-bearing.
The central white niho represents the skills, knowledge, practice area and experience of the kaimahi.
Around this are five niho representing each of the five PARTH elements. At times one element is more prominent and kaimahi will draw on that more. Sometimes only one element might be focused upon. Each kaimahi will implement the elements differently, hence the slight variation in shape. The lines of the niho are a reminder that each rangatahi is different and practice should reflect that not ‘one size fits all’.
The final niho at the front is about the relationship that kaimahi create with rangatahi. Small steps are taken at the pace of each rangatahi, it will develop over time. The relationship is based on past experiences and foundations. For kaimahi, the 5 PARTH elements support the work the kaimahi does with each rangatahi, which is why they are behind this niho.