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In 1836 Hayden's 4th great grandfather, Captain James Joss married KURU KURU of Ngāi Tahu tribe, Hayden's Māori Grandmother. They purchased a parcel of land from the local Māori chief and farmed vegetables for sale to the early European settlers to New Zealand.
They loved their land and our family origins have been the inspiration for Kuru Kuru Wines. KURU KURU is our link to Ngāi Tahu, our iwi, our tribe. Each bottle of KURU KURU proudly displays a portrayal of her moko kauae, the mark carved on her chin, signalling her respected position in Maori society.
The story of Kuru Kuru Wines reflects the stories that have shaped New Zealand. Ultimately a journey punctuated by connections across time, recognition of our past, and hopes for our future. With reverence for our history and ancestors we forge new ventures from what they have created.
Kuru Kuru's aroha or love for the land continues today with Hayden's organically farmed vineyard in Central Otago. Established in 2002, this beautiful land rewards that care with grapes that make exceptionally high quality wine, year after year.
Kuru Kuru Wines produce a world class Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, from the most popular growing regions in New Zealand.
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