Kurawaka Retreat Centre
Nau mai, haere mai!


Raina Ferris grew up in Porangahau, te Poho o Ngāti Kahungunu. With her husband Doc, she returned home in 2006 to establish Kurawaka, a place of sanctuary, learning, and empowerment.

Raina is a driving force in the movement to reclaim the traditional practices of karanga and moko kauae (traditional Māori chin tattoos). She has taught and practiced her art around the world, having powerful experiences everywhere she goes. There are few today who have the depth and breadth of her experience in karanga, although she’d never say that about herself!

She has used karanga in the Colliseum, turned a pod of whales, and can attest to the esoteric and spiritual power of this taonga tuku iho – this treasure handed down to us.

Doc provides the spiritual and physical masculine balance to Raina’s feminine. He both serves kurawaka through his kaitiakitanga (caretaking) of the property, beautifying and maintaining it, as well as delivering wānanga (courses) on whaikōrero – the traditional art of formal Māori speechmaking. He is an artist who often puts his artistic passion on the backburner to be a partner, husband, father, grandfather, and kaitiaki of Kurawaka.

Raina and Doc’s daughter Piri Galbraith is the Kurawaka Business Manager, bringing light and love as she organises retreats, courses, enrolments, and generally takes care of everyone. She is on her own powerful journey and received her moko kauae in 2018.


We Look forward to hearing from you!



Please call us on 068555301 or email piri@kurawaka.org or raina@kurawaka.org