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Welcome to the latest edition of impact investing news in Aotearoa New Zealand and globally.

In this edition we feature the winners of the Mindful Money Awards, place-based investing, social housing and climate funds. 


IIN updates

NAB in the community

Highlights of the activities our National Advisory Board (NAB) and IIN team have been involved in over the last month.

Mission Aotearoa discussion paper

McGuinness Institute recently published the Mission Aotearoa: Mapping our future discussion paper, in follow up to its webinar. This 'mission' marked the tenth anniversary of Sir Paul Callaghan’s keynote address on ways we can create a low-carbon and sustainable economy in Aotearoa.

Jamie Newth was a contributor to the discussion paper, saying "New Zealand’s entrepreneurial ecosystem needs a purpose, not just acceleration, in order to drive sustainable growth and a different type of development. To help make this happen, investors need to challenge the status quo and seek out the kind of investments New Zealand should foster". Read more.

Impact Measurement Project

The NAB is progressing a project to produce one or more position papers, which could include defining impact investment, impact measurement and reporting principles and impact monetisation.

Please contact Tan Huynh, to express interest in providing feedback into this project and/or future IIN activities that progress the impact investing body of knowledge in New Zealand.
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Discover the latest trends and connect with the impact investing community at these events.

Mindful Money Awards - winners announced

Big congratulations to Community Finance for winning the 'Best Impact Investment Fund' at the Mindful Money Awards. Also to Impact Enterprise Fund for being 'Highly Commended' in the same category. Acknowledgement to the other finalists Purpose Capital and Soul Capital for their continual commitment to growing the impact investment market and community.

Well done to Climate Venture Capital Fund and New Zealand Green Investment Finance for both being 'Highly Commended' in the 'Most Effective Investment Fund for Climate Action' category. Read more

Contribution of philanthropy to impact investing - webinar recording

Access webinar recording, where Tan Huynh (IIN) explored in-depth with Alastair Rhodes (BayTrust) and Raewyn Jones (WEL Energy Trust) the contribution of philanthropy to impact investing.

Themes include: uniqueness of impact investing in Aotearoa NZ, place-based investing, creating partnerships to increase chance of sustainable outcomes, importance of ecosystem building, shifting mindset from grantmaking to impact investing.
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Aotearoa NZ Impact Investments

ACC launching $50m climate change impact fund

ACC will be launching a $50m climate change impact investment fund in the third quarter of 2021. This fund will seek investments that have a measurable impact in reducing carbon emissions. The climate change fund is the second impact investment fund in ACC's portfolio, in addition to the health and safety impact fund launched in 202o. Read more.

ACC's fund adds to the existing climate-related funds such as TohaClimate Venture Capital Fund and NZGIF (New Zealand Green Investment Finance). 


Marae place-based housing development - Te Koti Te Rato

A marae-based affordable housing development has been opened in Christchurch. The $3.38m papakāinga project has been funded with $2.4m from Te Puni Kōkiri and contributions from Rātā Foundation, Rehua Marae Trust and the Department of Internal Affairs.

The Te Koti Te Rato apartments will provide wraparound services including whānau room, nurses’ clinic, rongoā (traditional healthcare) services and a marae office. Read more.


Global Perspective

Affordable housing and community 

Jonathan Rose Companies, an affordable housing developer based in the United States, has provided over 15,000 affordable housing units. It takes a place-based approach to direct impact investments to connect residents with a range of housing, health, education and social services.

Jonathan Rose, Founder and President, said: 
“Every one of our investors underwrote our environmental and social track records as deeply as they did our financial track record.” Read more.



A selection of educational research and content on impact investing:
  • Place-based investing: are impact investments specific to a geographic location and a growing type of impact investment here in New Zealand and globally. Place-based investing contributes a critical part to the affordable housing solution, through matching investment to the context of place, people and culture. The IIN has summarised the themes discussed at recent events in New Zealand and also the latest global research on place-based investing. Read more.
  • Impact-weight Accounts Initiative (IWAI): Harvard Business School is leading a project to create account statements that measure a company's external impacts alongside their financial, social and environmental performance. This is done through financial disclosures and big data to transparently express a company's impact in dollar terms. Read more and access research.

Partner with IIN events 

To continue growing the impact investment community we'd welcome ideas and partnerships for future events and education resources. Please contact Tan Huynh if you have topics and/or would like to partner with future impact investing events.
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