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Farewelling our wonderful CEO, Alex Hannant

Today we publicly announced that our wonderful CE, Alex Hannant, is stepping down, and will be replaced by our General Manager Louise Aitken. This is a huge change for Ākina and it comes with a whole bag of mixed emotions. After six years, we’re sad to say goodbye to Alex at the end of the … Continue Reading →

Proposing a new legal structure for Social Enterprise in New Zealand

Legal structures currently available to New Zealand social enterprises are essentially limited to for-profit and non-profit categories. Social enterprises operate via a ‘profit-for-purpose model’, so organisations face challenges when choosing a particular legal structure. The choice has implications for legal activity, access to funding, and governance obligations. These challenges are set out in detail in … Continue Reading →

Social Enterprise World Forum: Who you’ll see from Ākina Foundation

With the Social Enterprise World Forum just around the corner now, we’re so proud to have some of Ākina Foundation’s very own sharing their expertise. We talked to Alex Hannant, Louise Aitken, Rowan Yeoman, Seán Barnes and Anake Goodall about their events and what they will be talking about. Alex Hannant Chief Executive, Ākina Foundation … Continue Reading →

Social Enterprise Story: Organic Edible Garden

Website: www.organicediblegarden.co.nz YouTube: Organic Edible Garden Founders: Jan McIntosh and Rob Velseboer   Who is Organic Edible Garden? Organic Edible Garden (OEG) has a core team of two: Jan McIntosh and Rob Velseboer. Jan is an experienced television director and producer, who started her television career at TVNZ. There she created ‘The Palmers Garden Show’, … Continue Reading →

Social Enterprise Story: The Lifeboat

  Tripadvisor: The Lifeboat Founder: Richard Mons   What is The Lifeboat? The Lifeboat in Greymouth is about so much more than coffee and stroopwafels. It’s a point of contact for people, a place for people to share philosophies and stories. The Lifeboat NZ was founded by Richard Mons, a Dutchman who came to New … Continue Reading →

Impact investment: How can Kiwi businesses get involved?

According to Darren Walker, the outspoken President of the Ford Foundation at the Global Steering Group meeting (of the Global Impact Investing Network) in Chicago three weeks ago, philanthropy is “stroking the vanity of rich people”, and “the need to scale requires different behaviour.” It’s interesting to hear him speak, because his take on things … Continue Reading →