ASEF 2018 Update: A Zero Carbon Event

In order to make the Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forum carbon-neutral, we have partnered with Ekos to offset our combined carbon footprint, with a $5 dollar offset contribution that you can choose to add-on when purchasing a ticket. What does Carbon Offset for ASEF mean? We are designing this event to be as sustainable as possible, … Continue Reading →

Social Enterprise – definition, perception and what is ahead

Louise Aitken, CEO Ākina Foundation Over the past month, there has been a lot of discussion in the media, print & social, regarding social enterprises. This is great to see and at the Ākina Foundation we fully support, embrace and celebrate conversations and discussions on our important, growing sector. While the public understanding of social … Continue Reading →

Rotary Club of Newmarket supporting Kick-Start Award 2018

The Rotary Club of Newmarket and the Ākina Foundation have joined forces for a third year to kick-start Northern based social enterprises by providing $10,000 in cash to a top venture. Applications for the Award open Monday 6th August 2018 and close midnight Sunday 15th September 2018. Applications are open to all social enterprises, whether early-stage, operational or well-established. … Continue Reading →

Flying High with Sky Eye in Samoa

On recent visit to Samoa, Ākina’s Clemmie Baker spent valuable time with innovative Samoan company Sky Eye Pacific. Established in December 2013, Sky Eye provides vehicle tracking, drone technology and other services in Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and, just recently, Tonga. It is owned and operated entirely by Pacific Islanders.  “Our vehicle tracking systems are used by a … Continue Reading →

Calling Asia-Pacific Incubators and Accelerators

Ākina is overjoyed to be part of Frontier Incubators, with DFAT Innovation Exchange. This programme is designed to build the capacity of incubators and accelerators in the Asia-Pacific region, increasing the quality of support services these organisations offer to innovative entrepreneurs and enterprises. Frontier Incubators will assist regional ecosystems to develop innovative enterprises that can secure … Continue Reading →

The Impact Initiative launches

As part of the Social Enterprise Sector Development Programme, we’re proud to launch: The Impact Initiative Following a four month co-design period, we are truly excited to be kicking off a three year programme of work to grow the social enterprise sector across New Zealand, starting with the launch of a brand new online platform: The … Continue Reading →

New Zealand Impact Investing Network announces National Advisory Board

Eight visionaries from around the country have been elected and appointed to form the National Advisory Board for Impact Investing in New Zealand, including our very own Louise Aitken. The 80-person launch event last Thursday, organised by the Ākina Foundation, hosted by JBWere and Giving Architects and welcomed by Hon Peeni Henare, Minister for Community … Continue Reading →

Proposing a new legal structure for Social Enterprise in New Zealand

Following ongoing consultation, this document has now been updated in March 2018 after the initial release in September 2017 at the SEWF. Legal structures currently available to New Zealand social enterprises are essentially limited to for-profit and non-profit categories. Social enterprises operate via a ‘profit-for-purpose model’, so organisations face challenges when choosing a particular legal … Continue Reading →

Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 second place at Eventex Awards

We are stoked to announce the outstanding result of the Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 at this year’s Eventex Award ceremony. The Eventex brand has grown over the past few years into one of the most recognisable award ceremonies for those who are event professionals, promoters, meeting planners and live communication professionals across the globe. … Continue Reading →