Chapter One: Ākina and the New Zealand Social Enterprise Market Development Project
Following the announcement today from Minister Henare, we’re delighted to confirm that over the next four years our team will be partnering with the Department of Internal Affairs to grow New Zealand’s social enterprise sector. This announcement comes at a time of rising opportunity and excitement. We saw the need to connect, develop and support … Continue Reading →
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 →
Ākina wins Not for Profit Category in the AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards!
Hot off the back of the Social Enterprise World Forum, the Ākina team attended the AUT Business School Excellence in Business Support Awards dinner last Wednesday night, and took home the Not for Profit Award! Our GM, Louise Aitken, proudly accepted the award on behalf of the entire Ākina team, and took the opportunity to … 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 →
Launching ‘Growing Impact in New Zealand’ Report and Impact Investing Network (IIN) from SEWF 2017
The Ākina Foundation are proud to launch a new report report on impact investment, ‘Growing Impact in New Zealand’, produced with contributions from EY and JBWere. The report provides the rationale for impact investing in New Zealand. It looks at the need for new methods of funding social and environmental impact. The report also shows … 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 →
Rotary Club of Newmarket Social Enterprise Kick-Start Award 2017 winner!
The Rotary Club of Newmarket and the Ākina Foundation have chosen the winner for the Kick-Start Award 2017 prize of $10,000. On the 5th of September, the Rotary Club Newmarket assembled with seven finalists for three-minute pitches in front of the club. With voting based on the financial plan, community impact and how the money … 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 →