While the ReGeneration project was designed to support young changemakers this process relied on the wisdom, experience and generosity of older people who had been doing this work for much of their adult lives. The Changemakers initiative was a way for us to explore how our organisation and young people in general could give something back by providing opportunites for adult social entrepreneurs to meet with each other and give them a platform for peer learning. At the same time we saw this work programme as an opportunity for the young people we worked with to share the stage and share thier innovations with another generation. Finally we wanted to prototype a more publicly facing event than we had used previously with our retreat format.


Social Entrepreneur Masterclass - September 2011


Social Entrepreneurs Masterclass
Vaughan Park Retreat Centre,Long Bay, Auckland
Sunday 2nd to Thursday 6th September 2011

More than being a great personal and professional development opportunity, the Changemakers Masterclass was intended to provide a supportive and challenging space in which to improve existing projects, develop new initiatives or launch a whole new project or organisation. The Masterclass was held over five days and involved a group of 26 social entrepreneurs from around New Zealand.

Malcolm Cameron - Malcam Charitable Trust, Dunedin
Robin Allison - Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood, Auckland
Ngahau and Debbie Davis - Hei Iwi Kotahi Tatou Trust, Moerewa
Vivian Hutchinson - New Zealand Social Entrepreneur Fellowship, New Plymouth
Gael Surgenor - Ministry of Social Development, Wellington
Brian Donnelly - New Zealand Housing Foundation, Auckland
Viv Maidaborn - Maidaborn Ltd, Wellington
John Stansfeild - Oxfam, Auckland


Auckland Convention - February 2012


2012 Changemakers Auckland Convention
Bruce Mason Centre, Takapuna, Auckland City
10am - 6pm, Friday 10th February 2012

We had over 200 people participate in the first Changemakers Convention in Takapuna in February. Thanks to everyone who came along, all the presenters and performers and to the team at The Bruce Mason Centre. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and to get inspired about the positive change projects happening all around this beautiful country.

Keynote Speakers
Geoff Chapple - Te Araroa
John Stansfield - Oxfam
Gael Surgenor - It’s Not Okay Campaign

Short Talks
Robin Allison - Earthsong Eco Neighbourhood
Tim Bishop - Sustainable Habitat Challenge
Rachel Brown - Sustainable Business Network
Cam Calkoen - Carabiner Mentoring
Vivian Hutchinson - NZ Social Entrepreneur Fellowship
Anna-Jane Jacob & Chris Makoare - Eastside Youth Network
Di Jennings - Community Economic Development
Amanda Judd - Lovenotes
Courtney Meredith - Community Arts Coordinator
Aaron Packard - 350 Aotearoa
Seb Stewart - Q Youth
Charlotte Squire - Happyzine
Jade Tang - yMedia
Joshua Vial - Enspiral
Will Watterson - Global Poverty Project


Christchurch Convention - May 2012


2012 Changemakers Christchurch Convention
The Geo-dome, Hagley Park, Christchurch
10am - 6pm, Friday 4th May 2012

Over 100 people of all ages participated in this day of inspiring, entertaining and thought provoking presentations from leading changemakers from around New Zealand. The day included great talks, films, and live performances from some of New Zealand's leading social entrepreneurs. 

Keynote Speakers
Robin Allison - Earthsong Eco Neighbourhood
Will Watterson - Global Poverty Project
Malcolm Cameron - Malcam Social Enterprise
Vi Cotteral - Trade Aid Founder

Short Talks
Charlotte Squire, Happyzine & the power of positive media
Jill Hayhurst, the science of happiness
Neill Ballantyne, SCMA - Religion & sexuality
Unlimited Paenga Tawhiti & the Kiwi Project
Simon Williams, Wanaka Wastebusters - Unpacking waste
Ben Dowdle, Campaigning for palm oil labelling
Corallie Winn, Gapfiller Project & creative recreating
Chelsea Robinson, Generation Zero
Sam Rye, Buckybox & the future of food security
Ella Sorryl, White Elephant Trust
Netta Egoz, Otautahi Youth Council
Jade Temepara, Hand over a Hundy & homegrown kai
Dr Sue Jarvis, Lincoln Envirotown Trust
Hai Sue Kang, P3 Foundation



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