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Sacred ceremony honouring New Chum Beach

New Chum Beach (Eastern Coromandel Peninsula just north of Whitianga) is renowned Nationally and Internationally as one of the top three wilderness beaches in the world.
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The Native Indian Medicine Wheel structure created on the beach by the group attending the ceremony.

Since 2010, both local and international communities have been striving to preserve the pristine and iconic qualities of this sacred area from future housing development, qualities that have been destroyed by similar developments in almost all other areas of the Coromandel Peninsula coastline.

In recognizing the sacredness of this special beach, and through a series of divine synchronicities, the local OM Meditation Centre in Whitianga, was inspired to organize and facilitate a sacred ceremony in order to protect, clear and preserve New Chum Beach and catchment for generations to come.

As a result, eleven like-minded people, very concerned for the Environment, arrived at the glistening sands of Whangapoua Beach, in order to partake in this sacred ceremony. Coincidentally, the date was also Saturday, 11 May. This also coincided with the geothermal storms (solar flares) which bring significant energy bursts giving rise to spiritual awakening in consciousness. Hence, this sacred ceremony is in alignment with all of these sacred anomalies/events.

The local Kaitiaki (guardian) Manawhenua from Ngati Huarere came and met us and offered a karakia for the sacred ceremony, to honour the sacredness of New Chum/Wainuiototo and for the protection of the land and people that it may be preserved for all future generations. This karakia and opening led the group into a state of silence as they began the walk around the rocks. Crossing the Motuto  saddle, arriving to the sight of the ancient Nikau and Pohutukawa and the sounds of the waves breaking on the beach. A pod of black dolphins/pilot whales, honouring the Maori connection to the sea, welcomed the group onto this sacred beach.

The ceremony was carried out in the traditional Native Indian ways. It was facilitated by a local Canadian First Nations Medicine Man. In preparation for the ceremony, the group created a Native Indian Medicine Wheel structure on the beach, using rocks and other natural materials found on the beach. This medicine wheel was the spiritual foundation for the ceremony that followed involving traditional Native Indian smudging, drumming, chanting, prayer and invocation, gift offering (to the land), blessing and sharing gratitude (to and for all).

The karakia from the local iwi and the ceremony itself were both very explicit in recognizing and honouring the ancestors.

Reflections and insights from the circle of participants:

“The ceremony was very moving and the drumming really lifted the vibration of the whole circle and of the land”.

“New Chum is a powerful, beautiful place that should be left as is. The dolphins guided us, they did it all and they said it all”.

“The dolphins were the guardians of the beach today. There are many sacred things of this beach”

“This experience showed me that all sorts of people can gather on the land and enjoy the frequencies. It included Manuwhenua, we had the dolphins, all of those brothers and sisters come in to support us in our work”.

Chii-Miigwetch Menawa Yeha Noha – Thank you and blessings

Prepared by OM Meditation Centre Whitianga.