Our vision is that Whanganui becomes the social enterprise capital of New Zealand.

In the beginning …

Thrive was founded in 2017 by Andre Taylor, CEO of Ngā Tai o Te Awa, and Nicola Patrick, formerly of Ākina Foundation.  They both saw the need to support the growth of social enterprise in Whanganui.

Together, they brought in the active support, experience and networks of the Ākina Foundation and the Whanganui Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s CEO Marianne Archibald, and set an ambitious vision for Thrive – to make Whanganui the social enterprise capital of New Zealand.


Ngā Tai o Te Awa

Thrive is based at Ngā Tai o Te Awa and offers services for those in the wider region – Whanganui, Rangitīkei, Waimarino and South Taranaki, and beyond.

Ngā Tai o Te Awa is a Māori health and development organisation with registered charity status.  Their purpose is to empower Māori to thrive in life, health, and wellbeing.

They do this by:

  • Building community resilience and raising awareness of mental health challenges and addictions, and providing relevant social services.
  • Supporting social enterprises to grow and increase their impact
  • Encouraging and mentoring youth to build resilience and good relationships.
  • Activating talent, raising awareness, building capability amongst iwi, hapū, and whānau.

Check out the latest edition of Impact Magazine!

Impact magazine is an occasional series highlighting the achievements of the long-standing and rapidly growing social enterprise sector in New Zealand.

This October 2017 edition features interviews with social enterprise leaders from the wider Whanganui region, and shares insights into ways to help advance social entrepreneurs.

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