A & K THOMSON LIMITED:

A proudly Maori & Pasifika owned freelance agency that specialises in business and well-being coaching, mentoring and pastoral care.

Contact Us

+64 274 102 192

admin@akthomsonltd.com

Address

Level 2, 7 Hall Street, Pukekohe

2120, Auckland

Need an extra push to grow yourself and or your existing business or get a new idea off the ground? Let us help you reach your goals.

OUR SERVICES

These are a non exhaustive list of the services we provide. We are agile to your needs so please enquire now so that we can help you.

Planning

Visioning, Strategic Planning, and Defining Expectations

Implementation

Get things done and meet your objectives

Research

Robust and ethical evidence for your project

Procurement

Research, preperation of tender, grants and sponsorship oppurtunities

Training

Increase capability and capacity to improve productivity and performance

WE ARE A REGISTERED PROVIDER FOR THESE ORGANISATIONS

Our team can help you access grants to help cover some if not all the costs for your business support needs. Please check the following information for your reference.

Activate Tamaki Makaurau

Activate Tāmaki Makaurau is a support package available for Auckland businesses affected by COVID-19 restrictions. The package has been designed to connect Auckland businesses with support and useful resources, and A & K Thomson Limited is a registered service provider for the programme.

We can help you access Activate Tāmaki  Makaurau support including:

  • Business advice and planning support – (up to $3,000 + GST)
  • Financial support to implement advice and planning – (up to $4,000 + GST)
  • First Steps – Health and Wellbeing support (free)
  • Business resources (free)

Regional Business Partner Network

Every business will now be feeling some effects of COVID-19 on their business operations. The Regional Business Partner Network is the government’s support for small and medium-sized businesses in the regions. The RBP has received additional funding to help businesses access professional advice to help them respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If your business has been impacted by the pandemic, you are GST registered and operating in a commercial environment you may be eligible for up funding for professional advice in the following areas:

  • Finance and Cashflow
  • Business Continuity
  • Human Resources
  • Health and Wellness
  • Marketing

Our team are happy to guide you on this. Simply contact our team and or register via the link here and our team will assess your application against the criteria and inform you on whether you can apply.

Founder Institute NZ/AUS

The Founder Institute provides high-potential entrepreneurs and teams with the support network and structured growth process needed to get to traction and funding, and build something that matters.

Since 2009, the Founder Institute has helped over  5,000 Alumni raise over $1.5 billion funding, get into seed-accelerators, generate traction, recruit a team, build a product, transition from employee to entrepreneur, and more (see the FI 10 Year Impact Report here).

More than ever, the world needs entrepreneurs from around the globe to answer the call for innovation, and build a better post-Covid future.

As a result, the Founder Institute, the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator, is excited to announce that it is officially launching its newest chapter in Auckland. While the Silicon-Valley based program has chapters in over 200 cities worldwide, early-stage entrepreneurs in New Zealand – Australia Virtual 2022 can finally now take advantage of the Founder Institute’s renowned structure, mentor support, and network to build an enduring company.

Applications to the first ever New Zealand Founder Institute are now open, and anyone interested in building a technology company can apply.

Program Update: This accelerator will be run online with local and international mentors, with the potential for some optional in-person networking. Learn more on our Virtual Program FAQ page.

Pacific Business Trust

The Pacific Business Trust (PBT) is the Pacific economic development agency of New Zealand and is a free, confidential and personalised service. PBT focuses on growing innovation, supporting talent and leadership through customised business programmes and services. Businesses that qualify can access grants funding to support their businesses from a range of Pacific owned businesses of which A & K Thomson Limited are an accredited provider. Contact us today if you wish to discuss more.

Ministry of Social Development’s Flexi-Wage for self employment

Flexi-wage Self-employment is one of the ways we support New Zealanders into work.
If you’re accepted for Flexi-wage Self-employment support:
• you’ll receive $600 a week over 28 weeks, totalling $16,800 (GST inc) if you’re running your business full-time
• you may also be able to get a Business Training and Advice Grant of up to $5,000 (to develop a business plan or participate in training for business skills, advice and producing project reports).
• You may also be able to access up to $10,000, to help with business start-up costs, through our Selfemployment start up payment: www.workandincome.govt.nz/startup

Who can get Flexi-wage Self-employment
You may be able to get Flexi-wage Self-employment if you’re all of the following:
• out of work
• aged between 18 and 64 inclusive (or 65+ and don’t qualify for NZ Super)
• disadvantaged in the local labour market
• at risk of long-term benefit dependency
• able to meet the residency criteria.
Find out more on the Work and Income website: www.workandincome.govt.nz/flexi-wage or email us at aucklandenterpriseallowance@msd.govt.nz and we’ll be in touch to talk about your plans

About Business Mentors

Business Mentors New Zealand, founded in 1991, is the only independent national business mentoring service provider to the small business sector in New Zealand. The service matches experienced businesspeople, the Mentors, with small business owners.

In its near three-decade-long delivery BMNZ has worked with over 70,000 individuals including startup entrepreneurs, existing business owners and not-for-profit executives. Every client of the service has a unique perspective; the challenge is to understand what can be done to provide the greatest assistance and what Business Mentor would best suit those needs.

The client, or Mentee, is looking to learn from those who have the experience and knowledge to empower them to be better and to navigate the inevitable challenges they face in today’s competitive business environment.

OUR INSPIRATION

INU AKEREI MARESALA-THOMSON – Co-Founder, Director and Chief Consultant at A & K Thomson Limited | Chief Executive Officer Trust MYRIVR | Co-Founder and Director of Engagement and Innovations MYRIVR Technologies

Principal Business Mentor/Coach/Advisor for clients from:

  • Ministry of Social Development (NZ) FlexiWage Business Startups Programme
  • Activate Tamaki Makaurau
  • Founders Institute of New Zealand / Australia
  • Pacific Business Trust

SELECTED EDUCATION

University of Chichester, UK
2021 Master of Business Administration

Douglas Business School, UK
2020 OTHM Diploma in Strategic Leadership & Management

Harvard Business School, US
2020 Certificate in Entrepreneurship in Emerging Economies, Harvard
Business School, US

Complementary Therapists Accredited Association (CTAA), UK
2020 Emotional Intelligence (EQ) Practitioner Certification

Total Success Training, US
2020 Stress Management – Understanding Stress

Akerei hails from the village of Lufilufi Samoa where he was born and where he is bestowed the Samoan Chief title of Inu. He also represents Otara, South Auckland which he proudly grew up and advocates as the innovation capitol of the world.

He is a multi award winning leader, entrepreneur, businessman, consultant, investor and founding member of the Founders Institute of New Zealand launched in 2020. He has 15+ years of experience creating and implementing business plans, research and delivering projects for public and private sectors, small businesses, and pre-launch start-ups. He has international experience in the USA, Europe, Middle East, South America, and Australasia. He has gained experience transitioning through several key roles, within the public and private sectors including Police Senior Sergeant, CEO, General Manager, Director, Governance, Commercial Relationships, Investor and Entrepreneur.

Behind all of these cool things however, Akerei was a child sex abuse victim, a suicide survivor, youth gang member and attended 4 high schools in New Zealand before being sent back to Samoa. His message is “we all are exposed to some form o f trauma in our lifetime. Some more than others. Having the resiliance to overcome those experiences can be the secret sauce to your success. So, dont aspire to make a living or just get a job, aspire to make a difference. The rest should fall in place.

RECENT CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Semi-finalist for the New Zealander of the Year Awards 2022 in the TradeMe Innovations Category

Nominated for Westpac Auckland Business Awards 2021

Recipient SAYN Award for Services to South Auckland Rangatahi 2021

Recipient Toloa Kenese Award, Ministry for Pacific Peoples 2021

Winner Pacific Business Trust Innovation Award 2020.

Recipient of Electoral Commission SunPix Leadership Award 2018.

Recipient of SBN Excellence in Innovation 2018.

Nominated for New Zealand Hi-Tech Solution for Public Good 2019.

Nominated for New Zealand Philanthropic People’s Choice Award 2019.

International keynote speaker on Leadership, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship (US, Australia, Pacific, Middle East and South America)

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2 days ago

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Office for the day supporting the Schools Netball Tournament and cheering on our favourite team, the Pokeno Keas. ... See MoreSee Less
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I'm excited to announce that I'll be the closing plenary speaker at the upcoming International Violence Abuse and Trauma Summit in San Diego, CA. USA 🇺🇸 on the 30th August 2022 in front of over 1000 experts in their fields from around the world.To register for tickets head here:lnkd.in/gHJQGtWnTitle: Addressing Pasifika trauma through mentoring and innovation Akerei Maresala-Thomson will discuss child sexual abuse, minority mental health, internet usage and the importance of mentorship. He will recount his life as a child sex abuse survivor, suicide survivor, and former youth gang member who became a professional rugby player, New Zealand Police Senior Sergeant, trauma prevention champion, and multi award winning entrepreneur and leader in his Pasifika community. Ultimately, this presentation will illuminate the crucial role of mentoring and innovation in overcoming trauma and allowing survivors to flourish.I'll also be presenting a workshop alongside my friend from Washington DC, Dr Pamela J. Pine on our global child sexual abuse prevention project.My itinerary for those who wish to network:✅️ Apia, Samoa 🇼🇸 16 to 20 Aug✅️ San Diego, CA. USA 🇺🇲 25 to 31 Aug✅️ Fairbanks Alaska, USA 🇺🇲 1st to 5th Sept✅️ San Francisco, CA USA 🇺🇲 5th to 8th SeptContact admin@akthomsonltd.com if you're interested to collaborate and or are interested in a speaker for your event. #innovation #community #mentalhealth #police #entrepreneur #trauma #event #network #network #leader #mentoring #ca #newzealand #Samoa #myrivrtechnologies #trustmyrivr #akthomsonltd #pasifikadigitalknowledgebank #pdkb #campfirestudios #lufilufiotaratotheworld ... See MoreSee Less
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Snippet of our soft launch on the 29.07.2022Our space hire options at the Pasifika Digital Knowledge Bank:Beks Business Space (127m2)lnkd.in/gtv6esxgJays Creative Space (72m2)lnkd.in/gjshy2iVFrans Meeting Space (30m2)lnkd.in/gYgZjHnzManawas Chill Space (103m2)lnkd.in/gQ_634Qx📹 🎥 📸 Will Fleming Ryan The Lion Ashton AFQY - A Few Quiet Yarns Campfire Studios 🙏 ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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Alot of people came to support the soft launch of our Pasifika Digital Knowledge Bank here in Pukekohe last Friday. Some came bearing gifts.This morning I got to open a gift from my friend Tony Laulu @digital_discipline_ This picture reminds me of the day 40 years ago when we said our last goodbyes to our aiga in Lufilufi, Samoa as we made the journey to the airport to come to Aotearoa for better opportunities. I was a tad distracted during our event and I apologize to everyone including Tony if I didnt have much time for a proper sit down, chat and say a big thank you for your valuable time and support. Please know that you're all appreciated on behalf of my wife, children and I.While excited for our big day, alot was also going on behind the scenes including the passing of my Aunty, mums younger sister who like my mum, was the heart and soul of our Aiga. A role that grew much bigger since my mum passed away. The void is felt by our Aiga here in NZ, Australia, Samoa, Hawaii and Alaska. Fa'afetai Tony mo le lagolagosua mai I si au uso lima vaivai.Alofa atu everyone and again thank you all for your support. Have a blessed day. ... See MoreSee Less
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Some more pics of some of the awesome people that came out to support our soft launch. Thank you all once again. ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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Almost 40 years since my first bus trip to the south to the potato, onion and strawberry fields of Pukekohe with my parents and siblings, last night I was very fortunate to have such a great crowd to support the soft launch of our new space, Pasifika Digital Knowledge Bank. A space dedicated to providing an incubator of Maori and Pasifika ideas that'll transform to economic opportunities for our community so that we can thrive in Aotearoa. It was a wonderful opportunity for my wife Katrina Thomson (Te Aitanga-a-Hauiti) and I (Lufilufi, Leulumoega - Samoa, Ōtara - NZ) to acknowledge the countless individuals and organizations that have blessed our path throughout the years leading up to this point. Thank you to everyone who has supported my vision over the years and made last night exceptional.A special acknowledgement to Manawhenua and leadership of Matua Rob and Robert who officially opened our space with a blessing.If you're looking for your next meeting, conference, function, workshop/training spot or a you're a small business looking to work alongside an ecosystem of other SMEs and entrepreneurs check us out in Pukekohe, the heart of Franklin. Meeting Rooms, hot desk, resident desks and office spaces:lnkd.in/g2GA2CjwConferences, functions, workshops and training spaces:lnkd.in/gAQfVstvOur spaces are free for up to 6 hours a week for any individual or community organization running tech, digital or well-being events of any form that is free to the community. For more details, email us at admin@akthomsonltd.com.If you're on the unemployment benefit or a youth and need a space to enable your ideas to get to the next stage, don't be shy to contact us. We might not have all the answers but we can find people that do. No one left behind!Lastly, with our equity in connectivity initiative, if you're upgrading your pc, laptop and have little use for your old one, we would be happy to have it so that we can donate to whanau and students who need it.Thank you.PS. No govt funding for this, all self funded by wife and I. Most of what you see in our facility including furniture and computers have been donated by wonderful people. #entrepreneurs #leadership #work #opportunity #thankyou #digital #community #training #smallbusiness #events #data #ownership #entrepreneurship Fatu Suisala Kuli Taumoefolau Robert Perelini Robert Laulala Pasitaua Haufano Judy Speight Elia Chan Will Fleming Ryan The Lion Ashton Alpha Maiava ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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I'm not a flowers person but this one hits the spot and reminds me of the beautiful people and networks I'm surrounded by and who keeps me grounded as I head into the soft launch of our office space this afternoon.Nga mihi/vinaka Litmus Whanau. ... See MoreSee Less
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A&K Thomson crew have been an Absolute Gems in the past few months to this day. They are an amazing team who are Knowledgeable, Patient and full of Encouragement, Helpful and very dedicated to helping you achieve your goals. They have helped me with my business plan and prep me for interviews. I’ve appreciated all their hard work and efforts they have put into helping me with my process I would TOTALLY recommend A&K Thomson friends, family n beyond.

Yvonne Henry, Director - My Myne

Akerei and the team were very patient, supportive and caring with the way they helped me in a very stressful process to get money to help me startup my business. I’m not very good with technology and I never put a business plan together or even an application for a grant. Akerei and his team helped all of this and as a result I was able to get approved funding to startup my business and support my family.

Fisiihoi Fakahau - Director Kauvai Autosmart Services

Akerei has been a huge help for our family business and we are lucky that with their help with our business plan, financials, research and general support we were able to secure money to support our business. We highly recommend their service to anyone that needs help and doesn’t know where to start. He also funds business networking events himself to encourage small businesses like ours to network and learn about other opportunities available to us.

Jassbo & Ioane Setefano - Founders J & I Car Wash & Grooming Limited

Faafetai lava, Uila and myself want to thank you heaps Akerei, for taking your time away from your family and business to help us build our familys future. Alot of respect to you and what you do to help familys like ours. Really appreciate your advice and guidance. I know nothings guaranteed but we are both happy to have made it to this stage. God bless you and your family always. Thank you once again brother thank you for giving us hope and guidance to see our dream and help bring it to life. Ofa atu Palusa family. Malo aupito e fai ae ngaue lahi.

Uila and Sanalio Palusa - Founders Crowncrete