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A gift from a past student of OIS.... 

Otahuhu Intermediate School Flag  Designed by Dean C.C Thomas (Student at OIS 1975 - 1976)

The flag was designed to represent the unique geographical locational status of Otahuhu Intermediate School.

The Otahuhu Isthmus is regarded as the narrowest point of land between two major oceanic bodies of water (The Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean). While the school does not sit precisely at the narrowest point of the Isthmus, its proximity to the narrowest point (Portage Road) still makes it unique in that it is the only school in the world to be in such close proximity with two distinct major oceanic bodies of water.

The central white square represents the Isthmus. The white colour is in reference to Aotearoa (Land of the Long White Cloud). The square shape was chosen to represent equality in education to all students, regardless of nationality, gender, religion, and social class.

The Otahuhu Intermediate School emblem is placed in the centre of the white square to represent the school itself. The depiction in the emblem of Maori warriors pushing a canoe across the portage reinforces the geographic representation (and history) of the white square.

The shades of blue that make up the vertical stripes on the hoist and fly of the flag represent the bodies of water on either side of the Isthmus. The stripes on the left represent respectively the deep water of the Tasman Sea and the shallow water of Manukau Harbour. The stripes on the right represent respectively the shallow water of the Tamaki River (which connects to the Hauraki Gulf) and the deep water of the Pacific Ocean. The specific shades of blue correspond to the dark blue used in the New Zealand Flag and the lighter blue used in the school emblem.