We have a beautiful wharekai where the ceiling has been painted in panels, and their circular arrangement constitutes a journey through the ecological landscapes of the old time (and more modern) Māori.
Each panel represents a particular ecological niche. The wharekai is based on the form of a Samoan or Polynesian long house.
The work was done by boys, staff and any friend that happened to drop in or have a spare moment, under the guidance of art teacher and old boy John Hovell.
The first College dinner was held in 1983 and the ceiling finished in 1984. When you visit Te Aute please take the opportunity to visit our wharekai. Day students have morning and afternoon tea and lunches with the boarders.