Ārahina | Lead

Mauriora ki a koe, e Te Karaiti
Te Kurahautū o tō mātau Kuratīwaka

All glory and honour be to you, O’ Christ
The Sacred Wayfinder of our Ancestral Waka of Faith.

– Karakia, Dr Hone Te Kauru o Te Rangi Kaa

The manava or central pou of Kurahautū is a theology of Wayfinder Leadership.

This theology draws on the wisdom of navigation born in the Pacific Ocean and extended throughout the ancient history of Polynesia and Aotearoa New Zealand. We descend from those who traversed the sea by waka, by drua, by va’a, or by collier or schooner, and in so doing followed the winds, the waves, and the stars as Wayfinders. This is a kaupapa that unites us all as children of moana.

Waka in the harbour at Wellington.

The Hine Moana, at Te Whanganui-a-Tara (Wellington Harbour). Photo credit: Anglican Taonga;

View of a night sky, with the milky way clear in the densely starry sky.

We find Wayfinding leadership embedded within our biblical tradition.

We find Wayfinding leadership embedded within our biblical tradition. The Hebrew people in their Exodus followed the cloud by day and the fire by night. The Magi, using their deep traditional knowledge, used the conjunction of planets in the night sky as a wayfinding beacon that led them to the Christ child. Christ, the one whose ancestor prophets foretold that a star would rise from the whakapapa of Jacob, one to be known as the Bright Morning Star, leading the people in the Way of God. Wayfinding leadership has rich possibilities for meaning and is the basis for a theology that is and will be uniquely of these islands.

Photo (above): Abel Tasman National Park, South Island, New Zealand, by Marek Piwnicki on Unsplash.

The Archbishops

The Archbishops and Primates are the Senior Bishops of Tikanga Māori, Tikanga Pākehā, and Tikanga Pasefika, equally sharing the Primacy in Te Hāhi Mihinare ki Aotearoa ki Niu Tireni, ki Ngā Moutere o Te Moana Nui a Kiwa (The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia).


The work of AILI is to build a collective vision for intergenerational, inclusive, indigenous-grounded Anglican leadership that will proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. This vision gives rise to globally equipped but locally grounded leaders who are transformational in their local contexts and positively impacting the Global Church.

Kurahautū Advisory Unit

Kurahautū is the Archbishops’ Wayfinding Unit which leads wānanga and talanoa in Aotearoa and Polynesia to provide research for Mihinare leadership in the discourse of the Church and the Public.