Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Kepes and Porou join the Board at Ākina Foundation

Ben Kepes and Tina Porou join the Board at Ākina Foundation

The Ākina Foundation is announcing changes in their governance team. The organisation is welcoming two new trustees to the board; Ben Kepes from Canterbury and Tina Porou from Ngati Porou and Ngati Tuwharetoa.

The pair bring a wealth of experience and connections in the entrepreneurial, technology and Māori sectors. Their support will help Ākina deliver a collective voice, representative expectations and a fit-for-purpose sector strategy for social enterprise in Aotearoa, as announced in May this year with the launch of The Impact Initiative.

Ben Kepes is a business leader, a technology evangelist, an entrepreneur, and a commentator. He is heavily involved in the technology and non-profit sectors, both at an operational level and governance basis. A recipient of a Sir Peter Blake leadership award in 2016, Ben is actively involved in mentoring companies and individuals and is passionate about the not-for-profit sector.

Tina Porou is of Ngati Porou and Ngati Tuwharetoa descent, and has worked in environmental services with private, public and Iwi organisations. Serving in roles like Head of Sustainability at Contact Energy and on the Boards of Lake Taupo Forest Trust and Toitu Ngati Porou, Tina brings a holistic approach based on the principles of kaitiakitanga.

Both are well known within the governance sector, and bring the Ākina Board to a total of six trustees, with Sophie Haslem Chairing, joined by the two new trustees as well as incumbents Gavin Fernandez, Malcolm Shaw, and Michelle Sharp.

“I am so very pleased and humbled to be able to invite Tina and Ben into the Ākina fold. They are both outstanding contributors to Aotearoa New Zealand and we look forward to enjoying their passion for positive change, their breadth of skills and their hard won wisdom around the board table,” says Haslem.

Ben and Tina will be replacing Penny Nelson, who has stepped down due to her growing commitments within Government, and Nick Gerritsen, a long-standing member of the board.

The Ākina Board recognises both Nelson and Gerritsen for their contributions and as being key parts in the organisation’s growth over the last ten years, from launching social enterprise support and growth initiatives around the country, to securing a partnership with the Department of Internal Affairs for a three-year sector development programme.

For more information about the Ākina Foundation, visit www.akina.org.nz


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Crowdsale And Crowdfunding Campaign: Help Create The Future Of Independent News

Two weeks to go! The Scoop 3.0 plan aims to create NZ’s first community-owned, distributed news and media intelligence ecosystem in 2019. We believe this ScoopPro media monetisation approach can be scaled and spread globally to support local and independent news efforts in regional New Zealand and around the world.

Scoop is an ecosystem, it would not exist without those who contribute to it, read it and rely on it for professional media purposes. Generous past support from this ecosystem has enabled us to come this far in developing our business model. Support our PledgeMe Campaign>>

 

14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

ALSO:

Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>

ALSO:

Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>

ALSO:

"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels