Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Far North Social Entrepreneurs Set to Thrive

Far North Social Entrepreneurs Set to Thrive Thanks To New Partnership

Ākina Foundation has joined with the Far North District Council to support local social entrepreneurs on a journey of discovery over four months.

Ākina CEO Alex Hannant said that while Northland was again in the news highlighting geographic disadvantages it faced with the recent release of a Salvation Army report, Mixed Fortunes, early feedback from the workshops was that Northlanders had the answers.

“Social enterprise offers a way to deal to these complex problems we face through a sustainable business model – it’s a hybrid between business and charity – and it’s clear these Thrive participants have some great ideas”, he said.

Thrive is a four-month development programme for individuals with social enterprise ideas. Through the face-to-face workshops and virtual coaching, the participants will learn about social enterprise, how to start one up, and develop leadership and business skills.

Mr Hannant said there were 26 participants selected for the programme. The first two-day workshop was held in Kerikeri in April with the second at the Rawene Town Hall this week (21-22 May). The final workshops would be held in Kaitaia (18-19 June) and Kaeo (23-24 July) with a presentation day on 21 August back in Kerikeri.

“We have purposefully hosted these workshops in different Far North locations to share the pain of travel around. It can feel like an isolated task getting a new venture up and running, especially in a widespread region like the Far North, but we already know this group of people have found allies in each other”, he said.

“Our focus is to help these inspiring individuals strengthen their sense of community and their ideas in relation to what the community needs so they’re ready to make a solid case pitch to potential investors, supporters and community organisers”, Mr Hannant said.

Projects range from addressing food insecurity and strengthening local growers to tackling unemployment among young people to dealing with environmental and waste management issues.

“The people taking part in Ākina’s Thrive all share the same values – they care deeply about their community and wants to make positive and lasting change; they are driven by a social or environmental purpose and want to use business practices to achieve their vision.”

Participants include local business leaders that wish to leverage skills and experience for social purpose businesses, community leaders that want to harness business to achieve positive outcomes for their community and individuals that care about the Far North and want to gain skills to lead the creation of community social enterprise.

Chair of the Far North District Council’s Economic Development Committee Di Maxwell said this approach was more likely to succeed than centrally-led approaches.

“We need initiatives that are sustainable in nature – they are more likely to succeed if they are developed and led from the grass-roots brigade”, she said.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election