social enterprise

  • Budding social entrepreneurs meet for Wellington workshops

    A group of 12 budding social entrepreneurs have met in the Capital as part of the Office of Ethnic Affairs’ workshop in Wellington on the topic.

    The social enterprise model is seen as an alternative funding source for organisations which have traditionally received grants from the Government.

    It involves organisations that blend social or environmental objectives with a commercial orientation. More information

    At the first workshop in Wellington on 8 December the 12 participants heard from four speakers.

  • Supporting ethnic entrepreneurs

    Photograph of Christchurch Social Enterprise workshop attendees

    The first Office of Ethnic Affairs’ led intensive training programme on social enterprise for ethnic entrepreneurs was held in Christchurch on Saturday 1 December.

    Social enterprises are organisations that blend social or environmental objectives with a commercial orientation. More information

  • Social Enterprise Training Workshops

    The Office of Ethnic Affairs (OEA) invites you to submit an expression of interest to attend two Social Enterprise training workshops.

    • Are you a change-maker or social innovator?
    • Are you interested in social enterprise?
    • Do you have an idea that could be a social enterprise idea?
    • Want to know how to implement your idea? 

    Then read on!

  • What is social enterprise?

    image of hands with coins in themA social enterprise is an organisation that seeks to tackle social, cultural or environmental challenges.  Like a traditional business, a social enterprise sells goods and services.  However, instead of profits being distributed to shareholders or individuals, they are used to support the organisation’s mission.

  • The Advantages of Social Enterprise

    Image of an Opportunity SignSocial enterprise can provide a range of benefits to organisations looking to address social, cultural or environmental challenges.

  • The challenges of social enterprise

    Image of Hands holding hands in a squareIt takes time, skill, and considerable effort to build a profit-generating organisation. The reality is, like traditional businesses, a lot of social enterprises will fail.

  • Social enterprise in New Zealand

    Image of thumbs raised up in the airIn 2012 the Department of Internal Affairs conducted a survey of social enterprises (PDF - 539k). Over 400 organisations responded, providing us with an indicative snap-shot of the sector. (Department of Internal Affairs, Jan 2013)

  • Social enterprise around the world

    AustraliaImage of hands holding the world up

    In 2009, the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (at the Queensland University of Technology) and Social Traders Ltd carried out a research project called Finding Australia’s Social Enterprise Sector (FASES). The project included a survey of 365 social enterprises.

  • Useful resources



    Survey of social enterprise in New Zealand

    In 2012, the Department of Internal Affairs surveyed a range of organisations and individuals working in social enterprise in New Zealand.  The purpose of the survey was to get a clearer sense of the

    Cited resources


    Bloom, P (2009) “Overcoming Consumption Constraints Through Social Entrepreneurship,” Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, 28 (Spring), 128–34.