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ĀKI Innovations Ltd (ĀKI) is a Kaupapa Māori social enterprise motivated to nurture whānau wellbeing by unpacking complex intergenerational challenges. Led by two wāhine Māori, Marcia Ranginui Charlton of Ngāti Ruapani and Tūhoe descent and Marlana Maru of Ngāti Maniapoto and Whakatōhea descent, we want to tautoko people's journey of wellness - Ākina te Mauri.

Together with our amazing team, ĀKI offers support with injury rehabilitation, connections into Rongoā Māori and guidance through Kaitiakitanga.  We uphold the right to assert and determine our own health, wellbeing, and aspirations through mana enhancing practice.


self-determination, autonomy,
‘absolute cultural integrity’

Our Story

July 2021

March 2021

March 2020

May 2019

May 2018

2003 - 2018

2000 - 2003

ĀKI Innovations (ĀKI Rongoā) secures Ministry of Health Rongoā Māori contract to provide services across the Waikato DHB region.

ĀKI Innovations (ĀKI Rehab) secures Training for Independence contract with ACC.

Covid 19 hits Aotearoa New Zealand, first lockdown begins

ĀKI Innovations registers with the New Zealand Companies Office as a Limited Liability Company.

Marlana and Marcia attend the raw and powerful movie `Waru'. This was the catalyst for action. A must see for all New Zealanders.

Marcia works under Training For Independence Contract for 12 years.

Marlana engages in child protection, social work education and community social work provision. 

Marlana and Marcia meet whilst working together at Child, Youth and Family.

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