We are –Te Whare Rongoa – te reo Maori – House of Medicine –
Services at the moment are delivered from The Iboga Clinic in Kaitaia, Te Hiku O Te Ika (The Tail of the Fish) Far North, New Zealand.
We can be contacted in the Far North at +64 – 9 – 4083017.
Trustees and Iboga Providers
Dr Cornelius van Dorp, Medical Director, MB, CHB, FRNZCGP, FDRHMNZ.
Dr van Dorp, a graduate of the Auckland University School of Medicine, has spent the last twenty years practising as a GP and Rural Hospital physician in the Far North of New Zealand. Since the mid-1990s he has incorporated plant medicine into his practise, more recently focusing his attention and developing services around the properties of this amazing West African plant, Tabernanthe iboga, and its use in drug and alcohol detoxification, and treatment of multiple addictions.
Anah Angelean van Dorp, Manager.
Anah is a Ngapuhi Princess from Ngawha, and has spent the last 6 years setting up the Herb Shack cafe, and studying International and Indigenous Maori medicine – Rongoa – incorporating the use of Plant medicine into the Cafe – Let Food be your Medicine and Medicine be your Food – and overseeing the foundation of Te Mara Rongoa Marino – the Peaceful Medicine Garden – on the banks of the stream behind the Shack. The Vision of The Herb Shack is to be replicated in every town in New Zealand, to help resurrect our ancient heritage of Plant Medicine and share it with Everybody.
Peter Bruce. Chairman
Peter is a Professor and Teacher of new paradigm business, and has his own website to network and encourage ethical business throughout our communities. He is in process of coordinating the establishment of Te Whare Rongoa – the iBoga Trust – as a viable community based business to help the healing of our communities, especially in assisting our young people in becoming free of drug and alcohol addictions.
John Clarke- psychiatric nurse and trustee.
John has worked as a psychiatric nurse for twenty years and has developed a passionate interest in the use of entheogenic or psychoactive plant medicines in mental health disease and drug and alcohol addictions, as well as spiritual growth. Also a keen follower of sustainable landscaping and permaculture, here he takes a look at the soil at a possible site for Te Whare Rongoa nui!
Tautau is from the South Island pre-Maori Nation of Waitaha. He was for a year the leading Iboga provider at Te Whare Rongoa – coming from a background of opiate addiction he was the first detox at our Iboga Clinic back in 2010 and has become our rehab coordinator, surfing instructor, music and zen instructor. At the moment he is taking a break and working at his art of Whakairo – master carver, carving the Pou and entrance to a Waitaha marae in the deep south of Te Wai Pounamu.
Executive chief chef extraordinaire, Paul is the heart and engine room of the Herb Shack cafe. He has become a specialist in gluten and dairy free cooking, with the growing awareness of how much gluten products get broken down to weak stimulation of the opiate receptors – and how they can trigger drug addiction. His food is exquisite, and he readily shares his recipes with clients – several of whom have come to an understanding of the importance of gluten avoidance in living a pain and addiction free life.