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Welcome back to the Impact Investing Network!

Kia ora koutou,

Welcome to the Impact Investing Network’s first newsletter in 2021. We’re delighted to reconnect back with you and share exciting developments in impact investing in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally

IIN updates

Remeet the Impact Investing National Advisory Board

In January 2021, the New Zealand National Advisory Board (NZNAB) met for the first meeting of the year. Our Board consists of elected impact investing leaders in New Zealand and Australia that provide governance to develop the impact investing sector in New Zealand.

NZNAB members in photo above (left to right, back row - Jamie Newth, David Woods, John McCarthy; front row - Louise Aitken, Katie Beith, Justine Sefton, Alastair Rhodes).

NZNAB members below, unable to join in-person (clockwise from top): Rangimarie Price, Simon O'Connor, Raewyn Jones.

Meet Tan Huynh

We've recently appointed Tan Huynh as our Impact Investing Network Manager to oversee the IIN’s activities. Expect to see regular updates and activities for IIN members. We welcome feedback on ways to better support the IIN network to connect, educate and grow the impact investing community in New Zealand, by contacting Tan.

Upcoming events


Learn the latest trends and connect with the impact investing community at these upcoming events.

RI Aotearoa New Zealand 2021 - Responsible investing.

In 2021, responsible investment has gone mainstream, becoming a foundation of good investment practice. RI Aotearoa New Zealand 2021, hosted by the Responsible Investment Association Australasia (RIAA), will bring together responsible, ethical and impact investors in person in Auckland on Wednesday 3 March to shine a light on the pathways and opportunities for a sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and a resilient economy aligned with the Paris Agreement and the SDGs. Be part of the solution and get your tickets here:

Impact Investing Network breakfast event

To kickstart the year the Impact Investing Network (IIN) would like to invite its members to a breakfast event on Wednesday 3 March, 7:15am-8:30am. The IIN event will be held just before RI Aotearoa New Zealand 2021 and at the same venue Hilton Auckland. We encourage you to attend both events! The IIN breakfast event will provide an opportunity to network with IIN members and team, and gain insights into the global trends and resources on impact investment measurement.

Spaces are limited so please register to reserve your place at the IIN breakfast event. Thanks so much to our friends at RIAA for their generous support of the event.

Aotearoa NZ Impact Investments

ZeroJet

ZeroJet was recently featured with its electric jet propulsion technology that accelerates the marine industry’s transition to sustainable energy. Investment from the Impact Enterprise Fund and other NZ investment funds will support ZeroJet to replace 10,000 petrol-powered outboards with its electric technology over the next five years.

Global insights

GSG and EOF - results-based finance 

The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG) and the Education Outcomes Fund has released a report on results-based finance to foster impact-driven economies. This case study explores how government spending can have a greater focus on education, health and employment outcomes by adopting results-based financing tools. The full report can be accessed in the members section of the IIN website.

Wall Street’s new mantra: green is good.

When Larry Fink, co-founder of BlackRock, one of the largest asset managers in the world, increases sustainable investments, Wall Street and the global financial market takes notice. 81% of sustainable indices outperformed mainstream indices last year according to BlackRock. Fink predicts “big future inflows that “green” [investments] will eventually become entirely mainstream”. This Financial Times article provides a global history of sustainable finance and debates whether the trend towards sustainable investments can be part of the climate change solution.

Closer to home, the Climate Change Commission recently released advice to the Government on the required steps to address climate change in Aotearoa, which is open for public consultation. 

Is this a turning point? Share your thoughts of these recent developments and the role of impact investing in contributing to Aotearoa’s path towards net zero emissions on the IIN website.

Education

Measuring impact investing

Measuring impact is a critical part of impact investing. However despite the many approaches and frameworks available there is not a single accepted way to measure impact. The Impact Investing Institute’s Learning Hub has valuable global insights and tools on impact investing.

For curated resources on impact investing from the New Zealand and global context IIN members can access the IIN resources.

A special thank you to our contributors

Thank you very much to the generous contribution of the following partners that enables the activities of NZNAB and IIN: Ākina, BayTrust, Community Trust South, Eastern & Central Community Trust, Foundation North, Otago Community Trust, Rātā Foundation, Tindall Foundation, Trust Waikato, TSB Community Trust, WEL Energy Trust.

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