Launchpad has lift-off!

When we announced our new name last week, we promised we would release more information about the Launchpad, our accelerator pilot, today… Well, we’re keeping our promise! We’re officially launching our new programme today. You may also spot us in the press and online – take a look at today’s issue of Element as a … Continue Reading →

Haere rā Hikurangi… Haere mai Ākina!

We’re expanding our mission and stepping up our activity across Aotearoa New Zealand, building on the energy of everyone who has been involved with the Hikurangi Foundation since 2008. One of the most obvious changes you’ll see from today is our new name – the Ākina Foundation. We’re changing our name to help us describe … Continue Reading →

Finding Ideas that Matter

A couple of weeks ago, Dave, one of our resident venture managers, had the pleasure of running a workshop at Festival for the Future with Emma, Matt and Emilie from Empathy. The topic was ‘Finding Ideas That Matter’. The goal for the session was to help the participants be ready to start something that leaves … Continue Reading →

Growing Social Enterprise in Auckland and Northland

We’re delighted to announce our new partnership with the ASB Community Trust. The Hikurangi Foundation and ASB Community Trust are working together in the Auckland and Northland region to: • Deliver specialised social enterprise support services to assist ASBCT partners in growing effective social enterprise activity through the ASBCT’s new Centre for Social Impact, which … Continue Reading →

Hikurangi welcomes Anake Goodall and Brad Jackson to the Board

A warm welcome to our new trustees – Anake Goodall and Brad Jackson! We’re thrilled that Anake and Brad have joined Rod Oram, Gavin Fernandez, Nick Gerritsen and Louise Parkin to guide and govern the Hikurangi team over the coming years. Rod Oram, the Chair of Hikurangi says that Anake and Brad bring immense talent, … Continue Reading →

SROI study proves impact of Bikes in Schools

The Hikurangi Foundation, The Nature of Business and Social Ventures Australia have worked together to complete a compelling Social Return on Investment study for Bikes in Schools. When the Hikurangi Foundation met Paul McArdle in 2012, the Bikes in Schools founder was working with primary schools all over the country to provide pupils with access … Continue Reading →

The World We’re Making

For decades, Sir Jonathon Porritt said on his recent trip to New Zealand, he used the “troika” of guilt, fear and anger to try to win the world over to sustainability. “I worked emotions for years, pushing the gloomy buttons. But now I’ve decided to become a full-on, full-bore, non-stop optimist,” he told people at … Continue Reading →

The Future of Social Enterprise

Two questions have been on a lot of people’s minds lately: what’s all the fuss about social enterprise for and does it have a future in New Zealand? Here are some of my thoughts… A social enterprise is a business trading for a social and/or environmental purpose. Social entrepreneurs want, and choose, to make the … Continue Reading →

Our team is getting bigger!

We may not have an office at the moment thanks to Wellington’s recent earthquake, but that hasn’t stopped us from growing our team! We’re delighted to welcome Rachel Glasier and Rowan Yeoman, both based in Auckland, who will be working with Hikurangi to expand our reach and capacity. Rachel has recently returned to New Zealand … Continue Reading →