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.
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.