Nau mai, haere mai

Māpuna Consultants is a new and innovative Indigenous consultancy that focuses on providing excellent consulting, advice and support to the public and private sectors. Our Māori business is underpinned with Māori values and philosophies – everything we engage in is driven and guided by tikanga Māori (Māori protocols and practices).


He toi whakairo

He mana tangata

Where there is artistic excellence, there is human dignity



Dr Acushla Deanne Sciascia


Dee is of Ngāruahine Rangi, Ngāti Ruanui and Te Āti Awa descent. She completed her doctoral studies in 2013 with Massey University. Since then, she has been working in the public sector as a research contractor undertaking a diverse range of research and evaluation around Māori and Indigenous kaupapa.



Iriaka Epiha-Ferris

Senior Consultant

Iriaka is descendant of Ngāti Porou and Ngā Puhi with ties to Ngāti Kimihia and Ngāti Mutunga. She was fortunate to have been brought up amongst Ngāti Raukawa-ki-te-tonga in Õtaki and be immersed in the kōhanga reo, kura kaupapa and wānanga Māori education system. Iriaka’s goal is to reciprocate the knowledge and lessons that were instilled in her and hand these on to her three beautiful tamariki and communities more broadly.


Māpuna Consultants have been involved in research, evaluation and cultural capability development for the past 10 years.  We pride ourselves on undertaking work that we believe will have transformative outcomes for our communities.

Some of the work we do include;

  • Research and evaluation
  • Wānanga facilitation
  • Cultural consultation and support
  • Cultural capability development , te reo Māori me ōna tikanga
  • Artistic consultation and support
  • Strategic capability development



For all enquiries, please contact Acushla Dee Sciascia (Director)  – info@mapuna.co.nz