18th, 19th, 20th February 2022
Aorere - Golden Bay - Te Wai Pounamu

Tēnā koutou e ngā rangatira o te Ao Tūroa nei

Nau mai, haere mai, whakatau mai ki Te Puna Wai o Huriawa - Healers Gathering 2022. Piki mai, kake mai ki tēnei whakapiringa, kia nohotahi ai ki te wānanga i ngā taonga hauora, hei whakarere te mauri me te ora o ngā mea katoa. Huri noa, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

Māori are the Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa, navigators that whakapapa through Te Moana Nui a Kiwa, the Great Pacific Ocean. Our ancestors circumnavigated and traded throughout the vast island nations of the Pacific for thousands of years and are masters in the fields of Astrophysics , Astronomy, Celestial Navigation, Ceremony, Ecology and Oratory; the vast majority of knowledge pathways, passed down through generations of oral transmission, shaping the ever-evolving nature of our people. Colonisation has impacted the health and wellbeing of indigenous people. We are healing generations of historical trauma, and the revitalisation of traditional and indigenous mātauranga is assisting this process. Join us for a gathering that honours tūpuna knowledge and the magnificence of our ancestors.

Te Puna Wai o Huriawa breathes life into the traditional and unspoken stories of our people, inspiring community connection and collective healing. This three day gathering explores the wisdom of Tohunga - experts in the fields of indigenous arts, science, astronomy, ecology, storytelling and healing. A progressive kete of mātauranga, with micro wānanga presenting on intersecting modalities from Māori Astronomy, Maramataka, Romiromi, Rongoā Māori, Tangihanga, Taonga Puoro and Pūrākau . Te Puna Wai o Huriawa was inspired by the turning waters of Wai Koropupū, and the deep cry felt in the whenua of Mohua. It is a response, to acknowledge Tangata Whenua, and marks the great time of reclaiming indigenous wisdom. It marks the turning of our Ancestral Remembering.


We are witnessing a transformation in Te Ao Marama, as the earth warms, and waters wane. Indigenous peoples the world over are fighting to protect all that is sacred. This is alarming, as much as it is exciting, for these are the times our Ancestors prophesised. To build the new world as our elders have helped shi1ft and shape the old. This gathering draws upon the Rangatiratanga of our elders, and the tūpuna kōrero they have to share. We are losing many knowledge keepers, so it is with great honour we host this gathering. It is a bridge for all nations and people to unite under the korowai of Wai Koropupū, the healing waters of Te Tau Ihu o te Waka.

te tai tapu

Te Tai Tapu and Aorere are traditional names for the bay in which we will gather, an arm of Te Tai o Rehua (Tasman Sea) at the northern tip of the South Island. The bay was once a resting place for migrating whales and dolphins, such as the Humpback and the Southern Right. Overlooking Aorere Awa are the Whakamarama Ranges, a divine presence of feminine energy, facing eastwards to Taranaki Maunga, across the moana, a prominent Ancestral Mountain of my people of Te Kāhui, and of Te Ātiawa.

Tribal descendants of Te Ātiawa and Ngāti Tama accompanied Ngāti Rārua, two centuries ago in migrating south, eventually settling in this rohe as manawhenua of Mohua; an expanse of forest, mountain and coastal land, that in ancient times was inhabited by the ethereal nations of Waitaha. The intention for this gathering is to draw awareness to Te Ao Māori and bring healing to the surrounding land and her waters. Eight contributing tohunga, from various tribal rohe around Aotearoa and beyond, have been invited here, to bring and share their healing energies and traditional wisdoms.


whakamarama ranges



Rereata Makiha

Ngāti Whakaheke, Te Aupōuri, Te Arawa

Matua Rereata Makiha was born and raised in the Hokianga. He grew up learning in the old whare wānanga, being guided in the ways of his tupuna. He is a renowned Māori astrologer and a leading authority on the Maramataka (Māori lunar calendar). He is currently leading multiple pathways to practice ancient traditions within Te Ao Māori

and piloting a kura kaupapa in the Hokianga for Māori youth, based around celestial navigation and tūpuna knowledge. Rereata shares his extensive knowledge as a cultural adviser, having held roles as a kaiārahi tikanga Māori and Kaumātua at the University of Auckland. Rereata is one of our prominent tohunga and works extensively in the revitalisation of our traditional and indigenous knowledge systems. He will share the secrets of the land, the whakapapa of water, and unseen mysteries many of our Ancestors unlocked over generations.


Ramari Stewart

Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Hokopu, Ngāti Pūkeko

Ramari Stewart is a tohunga tohorā, whale expert, with extensive expertise around traditional knowledge systems of Mātauranga Māori. Over the past forty years, Ramari has traced the whakapapa of Whales throughout Te Moana Nui a Kiwa. She has travelled the south pacific dedicating her life to understanding the nature of whales, studying the science and statistics of strandings, and the migration, behavioural and communication pathways of whales. Gifted in being able to communicate directly with whales, Ramari is a leading expert on whale strandings and assists in the very challenging process of supporting whales when they beach in and around Aotearoa. A storyteller and a keen observer of te Taiao, Ramari was raised in the old ways. Whale riding is not a myth; for Ramari it is a lived experience, one that she shares with others through her stories, and her spiritual connection with the moana.


Erika Muna Lee

Te Ātiawa, Taranaki

Kairaranga, Kaiwhatu, Kaimirimiri. Muna Lee is a traditional practitioner of various weaving and healing art forms. Her whakapapa flows from a long line of gifted practitioners ensuring the natural transition of ancient wisdom continues from generation to generation. Over the last 20 years she has had guidance and mentoring within each practice from expert tohunga such as Papa Hohepa, Manu Korewha, Mahinekura Reinfelds, Te Aue Davis, Raanui Ngarimu, Rose Te Ratana, Verenoa Hetet, Pita Sharples and many more. As Muna Lee operates within each of her traditional artforms she naturally infuses and weaves ancient knowledge and wisdom into each modality, invoking healing, restoration, reclamation and empowerment of self. Muna Lee will share her gi3fts of Raranga, weaving circles for both wāhine and tāne, while sharing kōrero and stories of the old arts that have been passed down to her by her grandmother and elders.

anaru paine

Anaru Paine

Ngāti Kahungunu, Ruapani ki Waikaremoana

Anaru Paine, is a traditional Māori Healer and practitioner in the ancient healing art of Romiromi, under the tutelage of Hohepa Delamere, aka “Papa Joe.” He studied and trained with Tohunga for over 20 years and has a wealth of knowledge, together with his experience from applying these practises with people from all over the world. Anaru has taught wānanga here in Aotearoa and in Australia, Switzerland, America, UK, Europe and Hawaii; the four corners of the Earth, honing and sharing his skills and wisdom. Naturally gi2fted, Rangiaho in his abilities as a healer and practitioner in his sacred work. His intention and purpose is to continue his journey by o2ffering and sharing his abilities and knowledge to help people to heal. Stepping up as a Wisdom keeper, a gi2ft to humanity, a true tohunga healer in the teachings of Romiromi and Māori healing protocols. He will share the techniques as tools and apply this healing to yourself and others in order to bring balance; an empowering and upli2fting experience. Anaru is a giant in the world of healing and brings wise knowledge to the space.

Anaru will teach a day workshop on the foundations of Romiromi, the energetic systems of the body, and how to work in the realm of the whatumanawa to heal; empowering rich and inspiring kōrero passed down by Papa Joe.


Micheal Preston-Sisk

International Guest - Winnemem Wintu Tribe California

“Neto yet Pompahatot Ni Winnemenen Bos. Michael Preston-Sisk is from the Winnemem band of Wintu from the greater Wintun Nation which includes the Wintu, Nomlaki, and Patwin. The Winnemem are born out of Bullyum Puyuuk or so called, Mt. Shasta California. From the village of Tuiimyali, my mother is Caleen Sisk (Current Chief of the Winnemem Wintu) and also of Madesi Pit-River lineage. My father is the late Victor Preston

Wadatkuta Numu (Northern Paiute "Seed Eaters"), Ilmawi Pit-River, and Modoc and was an enrolled member at Susanville Indian Rancheria. We claim spiritual responsibility to the Winnemem Wywaket (McCloud River watershed) all the way up to the South side of Mt. Shasta in the spring; our genesis place. Dams, water mongering, erasure, spiritual tourism, and genocide recovery are some of the things we are up against and do our work through. Our job is to speak up for our lands in order to safeguard it from further exploitation, i.e. the Shasta Dam raise which would flood even more sacred sites than it already has and further disrupt the cosmological order in our area of the world. The Winnemem Wintu have never been ‘Federally Recognized,’ so enacting our spiritual responsibility to the land has required that we navigate federal politics within a system of power relations that does not recognize our existence or sovereignty from the outset. We are in solidarity with all water protectors, mountain people and salmon people along the west coast and beyond. We do this work to maintain spiritual cosmological order, our jobs as guardians, lest Mt. Shasta makes us all start over again. May fire and water lead the way. Ho.”


Rikki Soloman

Ngāti Kahungunu and Ngāti Kahu ki Whangaroa

Rikki has over 25 years’ experience working in the Tangihanga industry as a Kaimanaaki tūpāpaku (Embalmer) and Kaiatawhai (Funeral director). Currently, he works within He Whare Kōiwi called Te Rangikahupapa Tangihanga and is also the Head Technician at Auckland Mortuary Services. Rikki works at Turuki Health care and facilitates the maramataka wānanga with whānau. He is a Mataora who practices the principles of Mahi a Atua within Te Kura Huna. His focus is on Ngā Kitenga o te Maramataka: Insights into the Maramataka (Māori lunar calendar) and its relation to whakamomori (suicide). The maramataka was a way of life for our tūpuna. It helped govern activities and actions that allowed them to stand firm within their environment as kaitiaki of ‘te taiao’. Rikki will share tūpuna kōrero around the ancient arts of Tangihanga and Indigenous embalming, sharing wisdom and traditional customs of death, drawing from his wealth of Māori Astrology and Maramataka.

khali kahurere

Te Whare Tapere

Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu

Te Kahureremoa and Khali are fast becoming known for their gi3ft of storytelling as they bring a new fire to the Art of Taonga Pūoro. Honing their skill set to reshape the way pūrākau or creation stories are shared, decolonizing the very thought of a masculine dominated world of cosmological beginnings. Indeed, Wahine Atua sit at the forefront of this duo’s contribution, the unique style in which they draw their kōrero forth is leading a new generation of Taonga Pūoro Artists. Khali and Te Kahureremoa will guide workshops on the Art of Traditional Māori Instrumentation, exhibiting their collection of taonga, weaving story and playing and building soundscape as we sit under the cosmos around the fire, opening the ara for Mahuika and the transmission of oral medicine.

te kaha

Contributing Artist

Te Kaha - Ngāi Tūhoe

Te Kaha is a master pounamu practitioner, educator and spokesperson who has honed his skill set and cra3ft over three decades. His repertoire includes hei tiki pounamu, hei taonga, mere pounamu, patu pounamu, patu onewa, and large scale toki and hei matau. Te Kaha’s pounamu pieces have gained a reputation nationally and internationally for their beautiful finish, balance and mauri. His pounamu are held in private collections in Aotearoa and overseas. Te Kaha has worked extensively in Europe, Asia and the UK as well as in Aotearoa presenting wānanga pounamu and exhibiting his collections. Over the long decades of his work he has developed his knowledge base of pounamu, and in particular, hei tiki pounamu, through wānanga with kaumātua and tohunga.
“We practice tikangā Tūhoe working around the Taonga Pounamu, which includes keeping our Taiwhanga Pounamu (workspace) neutral - no eating or drinking within our workspace. These shapes have a story leading us back to the environment.”

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