Leilani Maraku develops and delivers Kaupapa Māori Mental Health & Addiction peer support services throughout the Manawatū region for adults, youth, and their whānau.
She possesses a strong drive and passion to work in this field and ensures that shifts in the health sector align with the well-being needs of Māori. Additionally, she works diligently to ensure that the voices of Tangata whaiora and their whānau are heard and included in shaping the future of healthcare.
Currently, Leilani serves as the Pou Whakahaere Manager for Te Kete Pounamu and the Manukura Chief Executive for Mana o te Tangata Trust, a Kaupapa Māori Mental Health and Addiction Peer Support Service in the Manawatu and Horowhenua Districts.
In her previous role as the team leader for Peer Support and Addictions in Te Ūpoko, she focused on drug addiction, alcohol addiction, and mental health challenges within the community and among inmates at Manawatu Prison. Her approach emphasises walking alongside individuals, providing them with tools and resources rather than dictating what they should do.