E te rangatira, e Len, kāore e ārikarika ngā mihi ki a koe
Our tohu was a koha from Len Hetet (Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngāti Maniapoto, Te Ātiawa, Ngāti Apa).
It is inspired by our whakapapa, which is both inland and coastal.
The whakaaro behind the tohu is:
Let the tears of Ranginui fall upon Papatūānuku, that pierce her skin, to carve our mountains, and the pathways our rivers flow, from the belly of Tānemahuta to the realm of Tangaroa.