Impact-led business takes leap forward with new online platform

On October 31st Social Procurement took a leap forward at an event in Auckland with the official launch of New Zealand’s first online social procurement platform. The Ākina Foundation and New Zealand Post have launched Fwd: (pronounced “Forward”), a new platform for socially and environmentally minded businesses. Fwd: includes an online marketplace that connects buyers … Continue Reading →

Kaplan Consulting Report: On the Cusp

This report was researched and written by Mary Jo (MJ) Kaplan of Kaplan Consulting, with support from the Centre for Social Impact, Foundation North and the Ākina Foundation. We’re thrilled to publish the final report ahead of this year’s inaugural Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forum at which MJ is a speaker. The full report is available … Continue Reading →

From SEWF to ASEF: What’s next for social enterprise?

Off the back of a world forum and just before a national one, our director of global relationships Helene Malandain encourages us to think more audaciously in order to create true system change. One year after hosting The Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Aotearoa was strongly represented at this year’s SEWF in … Continue Reading →

Te Puoho (TP) Katene joins the Ākina Foundation Board

The Ākina Foundation announces a new addition to their governance team, welcoming new Board of Trustees member, Te Puoho (TP) Katene. Te Puoho (Ngāti Toarangatira, Ngāti Whātua) brings fresh thought and perspective to Ākina governance and its mission to grow the social enterprise sector in New Zealand, with his commitment to advancing the social and … Continue Reading →

ASEF Update: Planning your Day

ASEF is now just 2 weeks away, and if you have registered you can now choose your sessions with the link in your inbox. If you’re not sure which sessions will be best for you, we’ve pulled together some example days to inspire your decision. These will depend on why you are attending ASEF and … Continue Reading →

Aotearoa to champion the power of Impact Investment on world stage

New Zealand gains another voice on the world stage following this week’s announcement that the Impact Investing National Advisory Board Aotearoa New Zealand will become a member of the Global Steering Group for Impact Investing. The Impact Investing National Advisory Board Aotearoa New Zealand (IINABANZ) works to connect New Zealand to global markets, learn from … Continue Reading →

Supplier Policy for an Impactful Event

With the Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forum just one month away, we want this event will be the first of many. We’re laying down a strong foundation of design, and walking the talk of the positive change we want to see. Part of this value alignment is what has inspired us to carefully select our suppliers, … Continue Reading →

2018 Investment Readiness Grant Recipients

  ANNOUNCING THE 2018 RECIPIENTS   For The Better Good: For The Better Good is a New Zealand start up who provides a road map to ending the negative effects of plastic. FTBG has pinpointed plastics pain points and addressed each one to deliver a product that is better for us and the planet. FTBG … Continue Reading →

ASEF 2018 Update: A Zero Carbon Event

In order to make the Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forum carbon-neutral, we have partnered with Ekos to offset our combined carbon footprint, with a $5 dollar offset contribution that you can choose to add-on when purchasing a ticket. What does Carbon Offset for ASEF mean? We are designing this event to be as sustainable as possible, … Continue Reading →

Social Enterprise – definition, perception and what is ahead

Louise Aitken, CEO Ākina Foundation Over the past month, there has been a lot of discussion in the media, print & social, regarding social enterprises. This is great to see and at the Ākina Foundation we fully support, embrace and celebrate conversations and discussions on our important, growing sector. While the public understanding of social … Continue Reading →