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Rongoa Maori - Healing Body, Mind, Spirit

Aperahama Te Aika Kipa - Ngai Tahu, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngai Tuhoe
Aperahama Te Aika Kipa - Ngai Tahu, Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Kahungunu, Ngai Tuhoe

Tohunga Rongoa Maori Healing

For bookings call Aperahama Kipa at 022 024 0560 or free phone 0800 766 462.  Alternatively you can email

Aperahama is an initiated Tohunga of Rongoa Maori Healing, and the Iotanga traditions.  Practices and services include the following:

  1. Rongoa Rakau - traditional Maori medicines
  2. Purea - spiritual cleansing and balancing
  3. Mirimiri and Romiromi - therapeutic, deep tissue massage
  4. Spiritual Teacher
  5. Rongoa workshops and wananga 

Aperahama is proud to be the Kaitiaki (Guardian) for the Kaputahi Rongoa Maori Healing Reserve in Otautahi (Christchurch) - a kaupapa rongoa initiative with Christchurch City Council and Styx Living Laboratory Trust.

If you want to volunteer email your contact details and we can send notices of Rongoa workshohps, wananga and whanau planting days. 

May Io bless you and your whanau!  

Tohunga Whakairo, Mahinga Taamoko, Mahinga Raranga

Mokopuna Maori Arts & Taamoko (MMAT) is a locally owned Maori business serving traditional and contemporary Maori arts and crafts in Otautahi. MMAT specialize in whanau and community art workshops for healing, body, mind and spirit.  Make appointments with Ra or Ngaoma by private message to

Ra (Rawiri) Koia is a Tohunga Whakairo (Master Carver) and Tohunga Tamoko (Ta moko Artist). Ngaoma Wihapi is part of the Otautahi Weavers collective and a Kai-Raranga (Weaver). 

As a founding Trustee of Kahukura Rongoa Maori Trust Ra serves to protect and preserve the natural resources of Te Ao Turoa at Kaputahi Rongoa Maori Reserve 565 Marshlands Road Thursdays, Fridays and community events and activities on Puharakeke-nui the Styx River.  

Kahukura Maori Healing Partnership

Kahukura Maori Healing Partnership is an initiative of brother and sister Aperahama Te Aika Kipa and Maire Kipa.  Our vision is to push back on the negative impacts of urbanisation work to strengthen the mauri (lifeforce) of local waterways.  If we heal the land we heal the people - physically, mentally and spiritually.   

Te Ao Turoa (our natural world) provides spaces and places for our spiritual, physical and mental health and wellbeing.  Our aims are to help you reconnect at Whanau Planting Days, studying and learning the art of Rongoa Maori Healing.  Our Tohunga Aperahama and Ra are here to guide positive thoughts and action.          

We are proud to say we were recipients of Wave 12 Te Putahitanga o Te Waipounamu the South Island Whanau Ora Commissioning Agency.  A Whanau-led, whanau centred initiative sharing local and traditional knowledge .  We achieved amazing outcomes to grow Katiakitanga of how to apply the values and teachings of kaitiakitanga, tohungatanga, manaakitanga and wairuatanga.  Mahinga Kai values promote the right of tangata whenua to access places of healing and ancestral connection in Otautahi"

When whanau know local Whenua, Ngahere, Puna and Awa we can sustain mahinga kai practices, nature based healing and ancestral connection!  These activities all serve to strengthen whanau and community resilience in  the following ways:  

  1. Offer Rongoa Maori Clinics Monday, Tuesday & Wednesdays since 20 October 2020
  2. Hosting a Rongoa Wananga at local marae and Kaputahi Rongoa Reserve 567 Marshlands Rd 
  3. Whanau and Community Events 
    1. Summer on the Styx Feb 2022
    2. Matariki Dawn Plantings since 2014.  
    3. Release & Shine Events  
    4. Rangiatea: Talking Circles to strengthen taha hinengaro/mental health  
    5. Connecting local Schools & Community plantings in conjunction with CCC & Styx Living Laboratory Trust

We established Kahukura Rongoa Maori Charitable Trust July 2021 to grow our services, not just for us today, for future generations - Tihei Mauri Ora  

For more information email: 

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