About Whare Aki

Whare Aki 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 the social enterprise journey.


Its name is an important signal of the role that Whare Aki hopes to play in New Zealand’s social enterprise community. Directly translated, ‘whare’ is the Maori word for house, dwelling or residence and ‘aki’ means to encourage, urge on, challenge, induce, and incite.

In the Maori 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 Maori word for spider web is ‘whare tōku’, the ‘whare nua’ is an important gathering place in a marae and ‘whare tangata’ is the word for the female 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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