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Government paper a step in the right direction, social enterprise groups say

Read about what people involved in running and helping social enterprises, including the Akina Foundation’s own chief executive Alex Hannant, had to say about the cabinet paper aiming to support the growth of social enterprises in New Zealand. Click Here to read the Sunday Star Times Article.

NZ Government Takes next Step in Supporting Social Enterprise

Today minister Jo Goodhew released an important cabinet paper announcing support for New Zealand’s Social Enterprise sector. “These actions are strategic and represent the foundation of an ecosystem, creating the conditions for more social enterprises to start up and succeed,” says Ākina CEO, Alex Hannant. Here’s the full release: Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo … Continue Reading →

Tairāwhiti turns out to celebrate its social entrepreneurs

Our Thrive Tairāwhiti programme, which ran from July-November 2016, ended with an inspiring Expo event on Thursday 24 November. The event, held at Gisborne’s Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club, was attended by participants, their friends and whanau, members of the community interested in social enterprises, programme sponsors, partners and media. Thrive is a foundational programme run … Continue Reading →

Australian Social Enterprise Award Winners Announced

Our friends at Social Traders have announced eight of Australia’s best social enterprises as winners at this year’s Australian Social Enterprise Awards. Each winner will have a ticket to the Social Enterprise World Forum 2017, hosted by Ākina in Christchurch next year. Adjudicated as the best applicants across eight categories, the winners were announced at … Continue Reading →

Ākina Annual Report 2016

This past year has been a significant one for Ākina. We are proud to have expanded, and improved, the support services that we provide to social entrepreneurs and enterprises across Aotearoa New Zealand, and also to have increased the number of people that we have reached. With so many milestones accomplished during 2015/16 and even … Continue Reading →

Australian Social Enterprise Award Finalists Announced for 2016

Our friends at Social Traders have announced twenty-six of Australia’s best and brightest social enterprises as the finalists in this year’s Social Enterprise Awards. The 2016 finalists include a diverse mix of businesses including caterers and fresh food delivery, real estate and retail that provide employment and training opportunities for refugees and marginalised groups; safe … Continue Reading →

Rotary kick-start award winner LearnCoach making NCEA clear and simple for everyone.

LearnCoach is the 2016 winner of the Rotary Club of Wellington Social Enterprise Kick-start, run in conjunction with the Ākina Foundation. In 2012, Dave Cameron (not Britain’s ex-Prime Minister!), had a vision: to make NCEA clear and simple for everyone. Together with co-founder and overqualified doctor Deborah Lambie, Dave used his powers of communication and, for … Continue Reading →

Journey of Tairāwhiti Social Entrepreneurs Continues

Ideas are coming together and business models are being developed and tested in the lead up to the final stages of the Thrive Tairāwhiti programme. Thrive Tairāwhiti is a partnership between Ākina Foundation and Eastland Community Trust, supported by NZ Post and Kiwibank, to facilitate 14 local social entrepreneurs on a journey of discovery around … Continue Reading →

Social Enterprise World Forum 2017

Kia ora koutou, This month’s newsletter is focused on the Social Enterprise World Forum that will be hosted in Christchurch next year between the 27th and 29th September. The countdown to SEWF is on, and starts in concert with Government releasing a report on growing social enterprise and social finance in Aotearoa New Zealand. To … Continue Reading →