Team Ākina Bike Tour – Day 6: Assuaging the Rain Gods

Day 6, Thursday, April 6th, 2017 With pink and yellow pairs of rubber kitchen gloves, plus supermarket shopping bags, we assuaged the rain gods this morning. We had carefully considered this tribute to them during the previous three days of very wet riding. Showing our respect for the gods’ awesome power, we pulled the kitchen … Continue Reading →

Team Ākina Bike Tour – Day 5: Finding Fun and Purpose

Day 5, Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 We’ll let two pictures tell you all you need to know about the riding conditions today. The first is our “dry” start at Methven, and the second en route looks down into the Rakaia Gorge where the road drops steeply down to the river crossing, then up the other … Continue Reading →

Team Ākina Bike Tour – Day 4: Pleasure, compromised

Day 4, Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 Rode again. Got wet and cold – again. But wait there’s more! Rain to we cyclists is rather like snow to Eskimos. It so dominates some of our activity we can go on and on about it. Don’t worry, ‘tho, we promise to keep this blog fairly brief. In … Continue Reading →

Team Ākina Bike Tour – Day 2: Climbing the Mountain

Day 2, Sunday, April 2nd, 2017 What a mountain! What a ride! Our race this morning over the Crown Range, the highest paved, through road in New Zealand, exceeded all our expectations. The weather was glorious, the views spectacular and the riding exhilarating. It is rarely so, given how fickle and harsh mountain weather often … Continue Reading →

Team Ākina Bike Tour – Day 0: We gather in Queenstown!

Day 0, Friday, March 31st, 2017 Phew…after all our training, Team Ākina is ready – or as ready as we will be!   We gathered in Queenstown this afternoon for tomorrow’s start of the 2017 Tour of New Zealand cycle race. Here we are (left to right) – Graeme, Rod, Amanda, Andy, Katie, Nick and … Continue Reading →

NZ Bursary Fund Opens Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 to New Zealanders

Organisers of Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 have just announced the opening of applications for a New Zealand Bursary Fund that’ll help New Zealand’s social entrepreneurs break through financial barriers to attend the Forum. Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 will bring social enterprise leaders from around the world to Christchurch from September 27th-29th 2017 to … Continue Reading →

The Hon Alfred Ngaro Praises Ākina’s Efforts

Here at Ākina we were so pleased to see New Zealand’s Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, the Hon Alfred Ngaro, comment positively on the upcoming Social Enterprise World Forum and the work the Ākina Foundation have been putting into it, as well as Ākina’s ongoing support for social enterprises. Mr Ngaro highlighted Akina’s increasing prevalence … Continue Reading →