Social Enterprise Story: emBODYoil

Website: Founder: Gretel Jack Type of organisation: Limited Liability Company     Who is emBODYoil?  EmBODYoil was founded by Gretel Jack in 2016. Gretel has had a lifelong passion for plants and the holistic benefits they can provide. She spent much of her rural upbringing in the garden; planting and caring for trees and … Continue Reading →

Ākina Foundation Chairman to retire, new Chair appointed

The Ākina Foundation has today announced that Anake Goodall, who has chaired the Board since January 2015, is standing down and will be succeeded by Sophie Haslem. Mr Goodall stated that the Board had been actively managing its succession at both the management and governance levels to ensure that the appropriate skills are available to … Continue Reading →

Launchpad Work Outcomes

Accelerating employment opportunities for those who face the greatest barriers 6 months, 8 social enterprises, and 1 million dollars in major contracts and funding later, Launchpad Work is now complete. Launchpad Work was New Zealand’s first business accelerator for ambitious social enterprises whose purpose is to provide jobs or training for individuals who face the … Continue Reading →

Good Gift Guide launch at NZ Post with Socent Marketplace

Last week we launched the Good Gift Guide with New Zealand Post. A catalogue of social enterprises with stunning products that create impact in both our local and global communities, the guide is designed with Christmas in mind and offers buyers a discount with certain social enterprises. To celebrate its launch, New Zealand Post hosted … Continue Reading →

Social Enterprise Story: Make Give Live

Website: Founder: Claire Conza Type of organisation: Limited Liability Company Who is Make Give Live? Make Give Live was founded by Claire Conza in 2016. Following a burnout in a business she had lost passion for, Claire spent a good 18 months trying to figure out how she could re-invent herself using her skills … 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 →

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 →