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 →

Welcome to the fold Kiwibank!

We’re pleased to announce our new partnership agreement with Kiwibank! We’re delighted that Kiwibank are partnering with us to help us grow the social enterprise sector and support Kiwis who are working hard to build their ideas into viable social businesses. We’re particularly excited that Kiwibank are willing to share their expertise to support social … Continue Reading →

Clearwater talks Focus, Form and Fit

At Hikurangi, we hear from lots of different people and organisations looking for support. One of the first conversations we like to have is what we are and what we look to invest in. In this post I’d like to talk a little bit about how we decide on what ideas we are interested in … Continue Reading →