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


Postal Address

PO Box 131, Pokeno

2440, Waikato

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.


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.


Visioning, Strategic Planning, and Defining Expectations



Get things done and meet your objectives



Robust and ethical evidence for your project



Research, preperation of tender, grants and sponsorship oppurtunities



Increase capability and capacity to improve productivity and performance




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.




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


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.


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)