The top of the triangle is Mana Atua. It provides guidance and assists kaimahi to utilise their history, experiences and connections to ngā Atua Māori. It considers the role of whakapapa, cultural support for promoting positive behaviour.
The bottom left of the triangle is Mana Taiao: the different environments we engage in. Mana Taiao is also represented visually by the water-like symbol that connects to Mana Tangata and our particular relationship with water.
Mana Tangata is the right-hand point of the triangle. Mana Tangata is also representative of the human factor within the framework. Mana Tangata is also recognised on the right-hand side as a symbol of utilising the knowledge of the past to assist in moving forward.
Mana Motuhake is the koru on the left-hand side of the tohu. This is our aspirations and goals. Again, the direction of the koru depicts progression and momentum.
The middle of the triangle is a niho taniwha. Inside this niho taniwha is a larger triangle that represents the kaimahi. The raranga patterns show relationships can be varied.