The name "Aorere" was selected after consultation with a number of authorities in Maori language and traditions. It was the nearest school to the International Airport. Both aviation and education were concerned with the object of widening person's horizons. The ancient Maori had no word which was the exact equivalent of flight, but Aorere signified flight in the modern sense with all its associated emotional meanings e.g. flight into space or into knowledge.
Another function of a school is to link the past with the present day. With this view it was decided to link the Maori name with a Motto from classical times and a Crest which incorporated a modern symbol. The crest which shows two delta wing shapes over a portion of the globe.
This was the work of Professor B.F. Harris of the Classics Department of the University of Auckland. Working with the name of the school and the suggested idea of widening horizons he discovered a passage in Horace's Odes - Book 11 lines 21,22 which expressed the sentiments that seemed most appropriate. From these lines he produced the motto:
VIRTUS CAELUM RECLUDIT
which translates as
'CHARACTER OPENS THE WAY TO THE HEAVENS'