We believe in a better future


A future where businesses contribute to making NZ a better place, for our people and environment. That's what we call social enterprise*


Image: Miranda and Jacinta from Dignity NZ


The programme runs for three years, and will cover the following work streams:

Engaging with the Social Enterprise Sector

Facilitating Access to



Unlocking Access to Markets



What does the social enterprise sector need the most?

Learn more about
social enterprise


Social enterprises are purpose-driven organisations that trade to deliver social and/or environmental impact.

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Social enterprises take many forms and span between charities and for-profit enterprise on the business spectrum. They use a business model as a tool to solve social, environmental and economic problems.

In the absence of a formal legal definition, Ākina uses the following three key areas to define what is a social enterprise:

  • That the social, cultural and/or environmental mission provides a public or community benefit and that is the primary purpose of organisation;

  • That the majority of income is from trading a good or a service;

  • That the majority of either expenditure or profit is spent in the fulfilment of the purpose of the organisation.


Engage with
The Impact Initiative

Here are some of the ways that you can get involved.