MOST VALUABLE PADDLER
Each month an informal ceremony is held to acknowledge staff for their collegiality and a “most valuable paddler” award is made.
The Paddle (hoe) used for this was commissioned by the school through Kaumātua and former HOD Māori, Mr Boy Biddle. It was carved by his son Anaru Biddle and represents all people connected to Trident who work hard for the benefit of the whānau and tamariki.
From the top of the hoe the carving represents Maungapōhatu (Tūhoe). The Ōhinemataroa (Whakatāne) River is carved along the hoe. On each side of the river the children of Tānemahuta can be seen and this links all the students who attend Trident.
The river flows to its mouth where Wairaka, the daughter of Toroa, save the Mātaatua canoe from drifting out to sea. This gives the Ngāti Awa connection.