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 →

Government paper a step in the right direction, social enterprise groups say

Read about what people involved in running and helping social enterprises, including the Akina Foundation’s own chief executive Alex Hannant, had to say about the cabinet paper aiming to support the growth of social enterprises in New Zealand. Click Here to read the Sunday Star Times Article.

NZ Government Takes next Step in Supporting Social Enterprise

Today minister Jo Goodhew released an important cabinet paper announcing support for New Zealand’s Social Enterprise sector. “These actions are strategic and represent the foundation of an ecosystem, creating the conditions for more social enterprises to start up and succeed,” says Ākina CEO, Alex Hannant. Here’s the full release: Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Jo … Continue Reading →

Tairāwhiti turns out to celebrate its social entrepreneurs

Our Thrive Tairāwhiti programme, which ran from July-November 2016, ended with an inspiring Expo event on Thursday 24 November. The event, held at Gisborne’s Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club, was attended by participants, their friends and whanau, members of the community interested in social enterprises, programme sponsors, partners and media. Thrive is a foundational programme run … Continue Reading →

Australian Social Enterprise Award Winners Announced

Our friends at Social Traders have announced eight of Australia’s best social enterprises as winners at this year’s Australian Social Enterprise Awards. Each winner will have a ticket to the Social Enterprise World Forum 2017, hosted by Ākina in Christchurch next year. Adjudicated as the best applicants across eight categories, the winners were announced at … Continue Reading →

Ākina Annual Report 2016

This past year has been a significant one for Ākina. We are proud to have expanded, and improved, the support services that we provide to social entrepreneurs and enterprises across Aotearoa New Zealand, and also to have increased the number of people that we have reached. With so many milestones accomplished during 2015/16 and even … Continue Reading →