The Ākina Foundation is growing social enterprise across New Zealand. Our mission is to grow the emerging New Zealand social enterprise sector by:
- Activating talent, raising awareness and building capability for social enterprise
- Supporting social enterprises to grow and increase their impact, and
- Developing new market and investment opportunities for social enterprise.
Our vision is for a sustainable, prosperous and inclusive world.
Our name, Ākina, is a Māori word meaning a call for bold action. It also conveys a spirit of watchful and active encouragement, helping others to identify pathways through their challenges.
We believe social entrepreneurs and social enterprise represents a powerful opportunity to build a new economy that regenerates the environment and creates social foundations for people to thrive.
The people who work for Ākina are in service to those who strive to realise a sustainable, prosperous and inclusive world.
In support of social enterprise, we call for bold action, lead by example, and commit to our values: being honest, ambitious, determined, ingenious, collaborative, and humble.