Find out why our team are so passionate about dogs
"Kurī is the Māori language name for the Polynesian dog" - Wikipedia
Geoff Bowers Founder
Dogs have led me on an amazing journey throughout my life, from childhood to present day. They have always been a part of my families lives. By teaching my daughters as they grew to love, to play, to nurture and respect all creatures on this planet. Current research proves to us all how invaluable they are to everyone who owns them and to society. I more than anyone hold a large debt to dogs. So many years ago I vowed I would pay back the dogs I worked alongside for their loyalty beyond reason, their trust, devotion, commitment and passion, their love and respect, and their willingness to give their lives to protect me and my family. By bringing together some of the very best people from around the globe I have achieved my goal. Therefore I am sure anyone visiting the centre will feel inspired to learn more about our truly wonderful best friends. I personally look forward to welcoming you to KURI – a centre of excellence for dogs, backed up by a team of truly inspirational people.
Els Desart Chief Trainer
My story is all about adventure and the love of dogs. In 2007, my husband and I made the decision to leave Belgium and start calling New Zealand home. Our dogs, Dot, a rescue pointer cross, and Dits, a Border collie, joined us on this life-changing journey. Soon after arriving, I started Trainimals, an owner and dog training business. Dits has always been my loyal training assistant. I met Geoff in 2008, when I was looking for raw dog food; we connected immediately, sharing the same passion for dogs and using similar training methods. As my business grew to a point where it became too large to keep on working by myself, the decision to become part of the exciting new Dog Centre KURI was a natural choice. I am now part of a larger team and we have the resources to help even more dogs and educate people! Outside KURI, I spend heaps of time going on adventures with my old Dits and my husband, enjoying everything this stunning, amazing country has to offer.