The THRIVE social enterprise Expo 2018 will INSPIRE, KICKSTART, and CONNECT people from all corners of the region.

The Programme.

The Expo is a regional event for social enterprises from all over the region to come together, share wisdom, build networks and discuss how to create a more sustainable future. The event attracts social enterprise practitioners, social entrepreneurs, policy makers, community leaders, investors, activists, academics and more from across New Zealand.

The first day will showcase successful local and national social enterprises with multiple inspirational speakers.  On day 2, individuals will get the opportunity to have one on one mentoring sessions with key social enterprise practitioners and attend workshops.

Keynote Speaker: Julia Milne.

  • Julia Milne Common Unity Project Aotearoa

    Operating from The ReMakery in the Hutt Valley, supporting Beeple Honey Collective, the Sew Good Cooperative (repurposing fabric into new products), Unity Kitchen and Catering, ReCycled Rides (refurbishing and providing bicycles) and The Common Grocer (a low cost, plastic-free grocery co-op):

Other speakers on Day 1.

  • Matt Dobbin Price Waterhouse Cooper

    Matt Dobbin, a PwC Partner with extensive experience in innovation and disruption who has worked across the social enterprise sector. Whanganui-born and bred, he is Sydney-based and has a global role developing new strategies and solutions.

  • Marilyn Vreede Pakohe Papers

    Marilyn Vreede, Pakohe Papers, a Whanganui-based Māori kaupapa-based art flax paper and educational resources business:

  • Kendal Collins Sisters United

    Kendal Collins, Sisters United, a creative mentoring programme for young Māori and Pasifika women:

  • Taaniko Nordstrom Soldiers Rd Portraits

    Taaniko Nordstrom, Soldiers Rd Portraits, a photography service, operating globally, using cultural imagery to strengthen identity and


  • Charlotte Melser The Citadel

    Charlotte Melser, The Citadel, a café bringing life and energy to Castlecliff:

  • Sonia Tiatia DINE Academy

    Sonia Tiatia, DINE Academy, an enterprise focused on upskilling young people with a passion for the culture of people, food and service, building a strong hospitality industry:

  • Anna Guenther PledgeMe

    PledgeMe, a crowdfunding and equity facilitation platform:

  • Levi Armstrong Patu Aotearoa

    Levi Armstrong, Patu Aotearoa, a whanau-friendly exercise movement with franchises around NZ:

  • Warren Furner Ruapehu District Council

    Warren Furner, Ruapehu District Council, economic development and transport manager who has created opportunities for local jobs through social procurement:

  • Dan Steele Blue Duck Station

    Dan Steele, Blue Duck Station, a working farm integrating conservation, preserving heritage, adventure tourism, accommodation, and environmental protection through diverse land management:

  • Melita Farley Double Farley

    Melita Farley, Double Farley, a Whanganui-based creative company covering adult education and film-making:

  • Panapa Ehau Hikurangi Enterprises

    A Hikurangi Enterprises rep, researching native plant extracts, honey technologies, micro-loans for rural enterprise and more:

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