Towards an Impact Hub in New Zealand

Kia ora,

What an awesome start to our journey of setting up Impact Hub in Waikato!!

Thank you to those attended our first stakeholder engagement workshop on the 8 Nov.  Thank you also to our enablers, Trust Waikato and Wintec. It was electrifying to see the energy in the room, with social enterprises, businesses, community organisations and government agencies all engaged in conversation on the cross-sector collaboration.

A fundamental question we asked everyone was “why”.  Why Impact Hub?  Why are you here in this room?  Personally, I was inspired by the depth and variety of answers to that question.  Many different reasons but all congruous to the idea of making a positive impact on our society.

The workshop represented the essence of Impact Hub where there are no silos, no barriers and no limitation to what we can achieve as a team.

During the four-hour workshop, we unpacked the concept of the Impact Hub and discussed the key activities, milestones and stakeholder roles.

Feedback from participants has been extremely positive, and there was a high level of commitment to the concept.  Following the discussion on the overall structure and roles involved, the participants indicated which roles they may wish to engage and agreed to the forward roadmap.

Next step is that we will start the group meetings based on the self-identified roles. During the ongoing group meetings, we will dive deeper into each area of interests. Those group meetings are open to all so if you weren’t at the workshop and/or you wish to participate in multiple group meetings, you will always find a place at Impact Hub. The main aim is to keep the dialogues going and start to define a financially viable business and impact model for Waikato region.

In the meantime, we will continue the discussions with other stakeholders such as Christchurch and Rotorua as they will be working on their version of Impact Hub. The ultimate goal will be setting up a national Impact Hub to drive the systematic changes in New Zealand.

We are looking forward to hearing from you and please get in touch anytime for a coffee and/or chat. You will always find your place at Impact Hub.

Key dates

Get in touch if you are interested or curious. Don’t panic if you are not available on those dates, I am able to meet with you individually.

Strategic Partners 10:00 – 11:00, 11 Dec Members 1:00 – 2:00, 12 Dec
Enablers 1:00 – 2:00, 11 Dec Impact Investors 3:00 – 4:00, 12 Dec
Capacity Builders 3:00 – 4:00, 11 Dec Advisors 10:00 – 11:00, 13 Dec
Co-Founders of Impact Hub 10:00 – 11:00, 12 Dec

Highlights from the workshop

Check out the links to see the photos. Come along to our next meeting/workshop/get-together. Be part of the Impact Hub global movement.


Moving forward, we will keep you updated via LinkedIn, group emails and newsletters. Please get in touch if you wish to be on mailing list.

Nga mihi

Jessie Liu 

Project Manager on behalf of the Impact Hub project team – Trust Waikato and Wintec

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