History of Kawai Purapura

This property was purchased by the Prema Trust in 2009, with the purpose of healing the land of its history and developing a long held dream of a residential care programme for natural medicine. It is currently a residential village of more than 90 people, a flourishing yoga centre, and a workshop and retreat centre. The property has also served as a venue for Wellpark Diploma classes.

Ngati Whatua and Kawai Purapura

Ngati Whatua are the Tangata Whenua of the rohe (region) in which Kawai Purapura sits. The Prema Trust, which owns and operates Kawai Purapura, has a memorandum of understanding with Ngati Whatua, which guides the relationship. Central to this relationship is the whenua (land) of Kawai Purapura. The name of Kawai Purapura was gifted by Ngati Whatua kuia and kaumatua (elders) at a whakawaatea (dawn blessing) in 2009.

Rock Spiral Near the Entrance
Ngati Whatua

Environmental and Health Issues

We are indebted to Ngati Whatua for the ongoing support and assistance in ensuring that our activities are consistent with the common values, principles and understanding we share, particularly in terms of environmental and health issues.
Small Kahikatea along the River

Preservation of Kawai Purapura

The relationship is one of partnership, with several important collaborative projects planned for the next few years. The preservation of Kawai Purapura and its environment is an important aspect of the relationship, and one that will be fostered over the coming years.
Te Tai Hauauru

Development of Education

The partnership will work towards the development of educational, social and research programmes that foster understanding, greater health for all members of society and greater opportunities for Maori students from Ngati Whatua and other taurahere Maori residents within Tamaki Makaurau.
Kawai Purapura - Wooden Sign

Blessed, Cleared and Revealed

Blessed, cleared and revealed by Ngati Whatua as Kawai Purapura, the name signifies a nexus point between the memories of the past and the seed for the future.

The site’s history includes a period as the CentrePoint commune and community, established in Albany during the 1970s. That era dissolved in dissarray as spiritual leader Bert Potter and other senior members were convicted on a number of criminal charges during the early 1990s.

Today, Kawai Purapura offers a tranquil setting for many energetic yoga and spiritual practices, alongside music, dance, healing and natural therapies.