Kia Akina

Working towards lifelong recovery from obesity

More About Us

Kia Ākina is a Māori phrase which literally means “be supported and encouraged”. Encouragement and support from others in the network, “fellow travellers”, is the main reason for the community to exist. Kia Ākina is a safe and positive place for people with obesity to gain awareness and motivation to undertake personal experiments with their lifestyle, while working towards recovery from obesity.

Kia Ākina has strong linkages with primary health care and ongoing university-based research. The on-going research is being conducted by the National Addiction Centre at the University of Otago, Christchurch led by Professor Doug Sellman.