Ākina Foundation

About Ākina Foundation
  • Based In: New Zealand
  • Countries Active: New Zealand
  • Sector: Education, Employability, Energy, Environment, Health, Housing and community development, Livelihood and poverty alleviation
  • Beneficiaries: Children and youths, Ethnic minorities, Flora and fauna, Immigrants and asylum seekers and refugees, Other(s), People in poverty, People with disabilities, People without employment, Women and girls
  • Financing Provided: Equity, Grant, Guarantee
  • Support Provided: Access to Networks, Coaching and Mentoring of Management, Fundraising and/or Revenue Strategy, Human Resources, Impact Measurement, Legal Support, Marketing and Communication, Operational Management, Revenue Strategy, Strategy Consulting, Use of Facilities

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.


Ākina Foundation team members on AVPN Connector