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 →

Funding boost for SkyPath announced

The quest to enable walking and cycling on the Auckland Harbour Bridge continues, with the Ministry for the Environment announcing funding of $193,000 this week towards the development of the SkyPath project. We’re supporting Bevan Woodward and the SkyPath team via our Compass Network – with KPMG and Russell McVeagh providing expert advice to the … Continue Reading →

Vodafone and Martelli McKegg join the Compass Network

A warm welcome to our latest Compass Network partner organisations – Vodafone and Martelli McKegg. Vodafone have already supported one of our ventures – the Kowhai Connection – working with them to identify appropriate tracking software for their pilot, which is now up and running in Matakana, and we’re looking forward to matching their expertise … Continue Reading →

Engineering energy in the Bay of Plenty

Engineering students from Auckland and Christchurch have spent the weekend with the Kaitiakitanga Energy Project team and the wider hapu in the Bay of Plenty – finding out more about the community and environment that they will be designing community-owned energy solutions for as their entries for the 2013 Odyssey Design Challenge. Hikurangi has partnered … Continue Reading →

Social Lean Canvas in action

This week, we put the social lean canvas to the test! Hikurangi brought together participants from NZ Post Group and our Compass Network to work through a practical exercise of applying the social lean canvas model to one of our ventures, Bikes in Schools, to help social entreprenuer, Paul McArdle, develop his plans for scaling … Continue Reading →

Hikurangi signs an MOU with Kaitiakitanga and Engineers without Borders

We’ve signed an MOU with two new partners – the Kaitiakitangi energy project team and Engineers without Borders. We’re working together to support Te Whanau-a-Apanui to develop their own renewable energy project in the Bay of Plenty. As part of the project, the three partners are working together to host this year’s Odyssey Design Challenge, … Continue Reading →

Hikurangi acknowledges the New Zealand Centre for Social Innovation

The NZ Centre for Social Innovation closed last week due to a lack of funds. NZCSI were an Auckland-based organisation that facilitated the early introduction of new thinking and international expertise on social innovation process, policy, and models. They imported and piloted the School for Social Entrepreneurs programme and consistently sought to bring about greater … Continue Reading →

Introducing the Social Lean Canvas

The Social Lean Canvas is a tool designed to help social entrepreneurs understand and build great business models. We’ve been working with Rowan Yeoman and Dave Moskovitz to adapt the lean canvas model – a tool used to help companies understand and innovate their business models – into a version that will enable a start-up … Continue Reading →

Blueskin installs their 30m wind tower

Thanks to a lot of hard work from the Blueskin team and community and a financial injection from 101 pledgers, the Blueskin Energy project is a step closer with the installation of the 30m wind tower. The wind tower will enable the team to capture data that will confirm the potential energy generation at their … Continue Reading →