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tools to help you on your cancer journey & beyond

Cancer Support Services


ĀKI offers an integrated hauora approach to Cancer Support. We do this by providing services that focus on providing you with the right tools at the right time to help you through your cancer journey and beyond. 

Support Services


ĀKI provides skilled physiotherapists to assist with the detection, management and prevention of lymphoedema.

Puāwaitanga Wānanga

Delivered in wānanga, Puāwaitanga offers a kaupapa Māori approach to supporting wāhine Māori with a diagnosis of Mate Pukupuku.

Puāwaitanga Hapori

Providing communities with access to kaimahi Māori who offer hauora centred support to people living a diagnosis of mate pukupuku.

Meet one of our
Lymphoedema Physiotherapists

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Renee Wood

Ngāti Awa, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Ngā Puhi, Ngāti Ruanui

ALA Accredited Lymphoedema Physiotherapist 

PINC Cancer Rehab Physiotherapist

Walking alongside whanau to improve hauroa and oranga after recieving a diagnosis mate pukupuku (cancer)

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This is a physiotherapy led service that focuses on education, prevention, management and monitoring of lymphoedema, as well as linking you into other therapeutic supports.

Support can be provided from the time of diagnosis, before you have your surgery, and after surgery so that we can work on getting you back to doing the things that you were doing beforehand. It can also be accessed during treatments like chemotherapy or radiation therapy, and can  also be a long-term service that monitors you and your risk of lymphoedema over the years after diagnosis.

30 min clinic session $75

45 min clinic session $95

60 min clinic session $125

Prevention & management

Education & monitoring

Clinic based

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Next Step:

Get a referral or
check your health insurance

Lymphoedema Physiotherapy - anyone can get a referral. There is a cost attached (see above). Let us know if you need help with accessing funding. Also, if you have health insurance,
check with our provider what may be covered in your plan.

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Community based

By Māori, for Māori 

Equitable access to range of skilled, experienced kaimahi Māori


Puāwaitanga is a kaupapa Māori approach to supporting wāhine Māori with an experience of Mate Pukupuku.

Puāwaitanga is delivered as a series of weekly hauora (health and wellness) centered wānanga and workshops, with education sessions, whitiwhiti ngā kōrero (discussions), and activities. Designed specifically for wāhine Māori, Puāwaitanga offers a safe space where wāhine with Mate Pukupuku | Cancer can feel supported, uplifted and encouraged to be themselves. If you or a wahine in your life would benefit from this, get in touch. 

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Puāwaitanga Hapori has been developed by Māori for Māori, with whanaungatanga and community connectedness in mind. Based in community clinics that might not typically have access to the range of kaimahi Māori (Māori practitioners) ĀKI offers.

ĀKI works collaboratively with Te Awamutu Medical Centre and offers monthly Cancer Rehab clinics at Mangatoatoa Marae. We’re also keen to be in other communities so let us know if you would like to explore something in your area.

Delivered in wānanga

By wāhine Māori, for wāhine Māori

Equitable access to range of skilled, experienced kaimahi Māori


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Next Step:

Express your interest at

Puāwaitanga is free and all referrals are welcome.
Click on the link below to express your interest in attending
or if you would like more information about the wānanga.

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