The Hikurangi Foundation is New Zealand’s incubator for low-carbon social innovation.
Since 2008 Hikurangi has facilitated over 20 targeted and positive engagements on climate change in New Zealand. These engagements have reached across regions, cultures and sectors, and have been delivered in partnership with over 70 different organisations, communities, and institutions.
Hikurangi is now focusing on being New Zealand's incubator for low-carbon social innovation, using a venture philanthropy model to accelerate practical, collaborative and entrepreneurial action in the areas of transport, energy, land-use, living, and enterprise. Combined, we see these as the critical sectors that will enable the transition to thriving and resilient New Zealand.
Hikurangi’s overarching approach is designed to catalyse solutions to unmet needs and neglected opportunities – this approach is built around three interconnected work programmes: People, Platforms, and Projects.
'People' is about developing the skills and competencies required to lead change and social innovation in a diverse, complex and fast-moving world.
'Platforms' is about providing space and facilitating processes that enable actors to build relationships, align their interests, and pool their knowledge and resources - this develops a basis for cooperative action and the potential for shared value creation.
'Projects' is about incubating, validating and scaling solutions that have the potential to deliver big social and environmental impact - we do this through investing a combination of finance, skills, and mentoring.
Hikurangi was founded in 2008 with funding from the Tindall Foundation and Todd Foundation.
For more information or if you see opportunities to collaborate and do things better please contact:
Alex Hannant, Executive Director, The Hikurangi Foundation