Upcoming SEWF event:

Christchurch 2017

THEME: Creating our tomorrow


Hosted by:

Akina Foundation – http://akina.org.nz

Photo credit: Peanut Productions (NZ)


CHRISTCHURCH, 27 – 29 September 2017

At the end of 2015, after New Zealand was selected to host SEWF 2017, the Ākina Foundation surrounded themselves with partners and supporters from across sectors, to take part in the design and delivery of the event. Design and delivery partners include: Ministry for Youth Development, Department of Internal Affairs, Christchurch City Council, Philanthropy NZ, British Foundation, Tourism NZ, Christchurch & Canterbury Convention Bureau, Canterbury Development Corporation, Ministry of Awesome, Enspiral, Inspiring Stories Trust, University of Canterbury, Conference Innovators, Ngāi Tahu, Te Pūtahitanga, Be. Accessible, Kilmarnock Enterprises, Brown Bread, Darby PR, Ariki Creative, Social Traders Australia.


We believe a high level of engagement across sectors helps create the conditions for collaboration pre, at the event and post event. SEWF 2017 will be a catalyst for development of New Zealand’s social enterprise sector and will leave a legacy for growth. Those involved in the design and delivery of SEWF 2017 will be the actors of this legacy.

Leading the Organising Committee:

  • Helene Malandain, Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 Project Director, Ākina Foundation
  • Jason Pemberton, Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 Project Manager, Ākina Foundation
  • Terri Lowsley, Project Manager, Conference Innovators


Christchurch, New Zealand

“Tēnā koutou e ngā manuhiri o te ao whānui”.


Greetings to you, our visitors. When you travel in New Zealand (or Aotearoa as the locals call it), you’ll find we have rich tales to share; of our history, our legends and our future.


You can’t beat the dramatic natural landscapes and lively cities of New Zealand for extraordinary travel experiences.


From exhilarating jet boat safaris and match racing on an America’s Cup yacht to award winning cuisine and fascinating Māori culture, it’s the perfect place for high performers to relax and recharge.


Because New Zealand is compact, it’s easy to experience a whole lot in one trip. Whether you’re talking about the landscape, wildlife, culture or the people; we offer a kind of experience that you cannot get anywhere else in the world.


New Zealand is a cultural melting pot. We celebrate our indigenous Māori heritage and have strong ties to our neighbours across the ditch (Australia), the Pacific Islands and Asia. This naturally accepting nature of New Zealanders (or ‘Kiwis’ as we call ourselves) means we are a pretty laid back and friendly bunch.


Even though we are a tiny little nation of four and half million people (but 40 million sheep!) our cities have everything that you would expect in other major metropolitan areas such as great restaurants, even better shopping, events, activities and all that other fun stuff.


Find out more about our home at New Zealand’s official tourism website.


We very much look forward to welcoming delegates and speakers, nationally and internationally, to Christchurch to further our joint social enterprise movement while experiencing our rich and diverse culture through planned networking events and study tours.

View the Programme Overview