About Whare Āki

Whare Āki is a springboard for social enterprise, run by the Ākina Foundation. A community space that provides resources, a discussion forum and a simple Q&A section, designed to empower you to successfully navigate through your social enterprise journey.

Its name is an important signal of the role that Whare Āki hopes to play in Aotearoa (New Zealand’s) social enterprise community. Directly translated, ‘whare’ is the Māori word for house, dwelling or residence and ‘āki’ means to encouragechallenge, and inspire.

In te reo Māori (language), the word ‘whare’ is used as both a physical and spiritual, tangible and intangible metaphor. It changes shape to suit whatever it needs to, much like a social enterprise. For example, the Māori translation for spider web is ‘whare tuku’, and ‘whare nui’ is an important gathering place in a marae, while ‘whare tangata’ refers to the womb.

At Ākina Foundation, we hope to inspire and equip you with all you need to make a sustainable social impact. We’re open to feedback about this tool, and encourage you to get in touch if there’s something you’d like to see us change.

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