Kurawaka Retreat Centre
Nau mai, haere mai!


E ngā reo, e ngā mana, e ngā karangarangatanga o ngā mātāwaka o te motu, nau mai haere mai ki Kurawaka. Ki tēnei whāinga o te reo Karanga, o te tū o te wahine, o te mana o te wahine. He taonga tuku iho, nō ngā tuawahine, nō tuawhakarere e.

Te reo karanga, te reo tuatahi i runga i ngā marae, huri noa i te motu, te reo tapu o te wahine, te ruahine, te wairuahine e.

Nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai rā i roto i tēnei whare o Taurangatira. He wāhi tau mō ngā rangitira o tēnei wā. Kia tau te rangimārie i runga i a tātau katoa.

To the voices, to the authorities, to the many threads of lineage of the canoe of the land, welcome to Kurawaka, to this pursuit in finding the voice of Karanga, the stance of women, the power of being a woman.  A gift handed down to us from our grandmothers, great grandmothers, those who have traversed to the other side.

The voice of Karanga is the first voice heard on all marae throughout the land, it is the sacred voice of the womenfolk, of the exalted women, of the women spirit guardians.

Welcome, feel welcomed, feel rested within this special house of Taurangatira. A place where the chiefly may rest, take stock at this time so that the grace of peace may be upon us all.

Whakatō i te Kākano is a program on offer to all women who wish to pursue and learn about Karanga and its associated teachings.  This is a course for those starting out on this journey, be they native speakers or beginners of learning our beautiful Māori language. It is a course where women can come and share wisdoms, share experiences and knowledge around the many kaupapa of being a woman, whilst learning the artform of Karanga.

This is a time of planting new seeds into the ground and helping them grow into beautiful fruits of their own description, in this case, Kaikaranga. Be that for their whānau, marae, hapū, iwi, themselves or their workplace. Karanga is a voice of love and healing for everything within its vibrational range. Karanga is the voice that opens our sacred ceremony of encounter - our pōwhiri on our marae. It honours our people, it honours our women, it honours us all. It is a voice demanding of respect and caution, for it serves many purposes and functions. Many of these unknown to most.

 You are the seed, I am the gardener, and together we will plant a garden which will bare beautiful fruit, if given the right amount of fertile soil, sunshine, water and care.  We both play a critical role in this process. Kia kaha tātou.