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Pro bono for The Ākina Foundation

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Contributed by: Mei Fern Johnson, Tim Clarke and Catherine Marks

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Published on: June 14, 2016


The Ākina Foundation (formally known at the Hikurangi Foundation) is an independent charity which supports people and organisations with ideas to drive positive social or environmental change through social enterprise. Ākina helps social enterprise grow, from the early stages of operation, or supporting existing ventures, and up-scaling their solutions and facilitating investment. Russell McVeagh is proud to have been providing pro bono support to The Ākina Foundation since May 2012 on a number of different ventures.

In recent times, we have worked alongside The Ākina Foundation on The Blueskin Energy Project. This project aims to develop New Zealand’s first community-owned wind cluster, creating a long-term revenue stream that can be invested in local development. We’re assisting with this venture by offering our legal advice on corporate structures, taxation, charitable constitution drafting, drafting agreements with a turbine construction company, selling power, and wholesale investor exemption under FMCA.

Another venture we are offering support on is Chalkle, an adult learning portal built to serve the needs of a changing educational landscape by connecting teachers with a growing community of lifelong learners. Chalke has begun this journey by providing a complete admin software and marketing systems to deliver great learning opportunities in the real world. To assist their new venture, we have provided advice on drafting terms and conditions for agreements with course providers, financing using convertible notes, drafted an updated constitution to allow for crowdfunding process and a privacy policy.

We really enjoy working alongside The Ākina Foundation on its many ventures and we can see the positive change Ākina is making in the community, by helping make the ideas of fellow Kiwis come to life.

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