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Te Kākahu Hou
The graduation gown currently worn in New Zealand, and all over the world, is a symbol of education bound in history and tradition that dates back to over 900 years ago. The education world has evolved a lot since then – but what we wear to celebrate our educational achievements hasn’t caught up.
In a world first, Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao has brought tradition, innovation, and indigenous culture together to create Te Kākahu Hou – a new graduation gown.
Through a collaborative kaupapa between a design team lead by Kiri Nathan, members of our education community, and students from Whitecliffe School of Fashion & Sustainability, Te Kākahu Hou is a symbol of what sets the New Zealand education experience apart from every other education offering in the world.