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Conversations with people who are living with purpose and having a positive impact in our world. We take time to listen to them as they reflect on their life journeys and what has shaped them into who they are today.

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Chris Coromandel on technology for good and empowering Māori and Pasifika youth

September 19th, 2020


Chris shares his life journey in this interview.  We learn all about his childhood, what it was like losing his Father at age 16, how he rediscovered …

Dear Disillusioned Junior Lawyer, don't give up yet. Here's why.

September 19th, 2020


Dear Disillusioned Junior Lawyer.  I do understand, but don’t quit yet.  

I keep meeting you.  Everywhere I go I hear some of your story and it echoes the other stories of people just like you.  It’s part of my own …

Esther Whitehead on Neurodiversity

September 15th, 2020


Esther Whitehead shares in this interview about Neurodiversity.  We also find out about her life story and find out about her childhood and decision …

How to set up an impact driven organisation

September 7th, 2020


In this episode I want to share what I've learned as a lawyer helping people set up impact driven organisations in Aotearoa.  I have these conversations all the time so thought I'd share this content here so you all can …

Margaret Austin reflections on a Life of Service

September 3rd, 2020


Margaret was born in 1933 and has lived an extremely full life - she is still involved today in more organisations than nearly everyone who I know …

One minute with Margaret Austin

September 2nd, 2020


Margaret Austin was born in 1933 and in the hour long interview with her we find out all about her long life of service, including as an MP from 1984-1996 - but this is a short minute excerpt that captures something of …

Shanna on being 12

September 1st, 2020


Do you remember what it was like to be 12?  In this interview we talk with Shanna about what it is like for her.  We cover a wide variety of topics including what it is like to be able to choose subjects, what makes a …

Impact Investing in Aotearoa: Live Panel Discussion

August 28th, 2020


This live seeds podcast event was held on Friday 28th August 2020 and brought together a variety of experts to discuss the current - and future - state of impact investing in New Zealand.  

The panel was facilitated …

Fiona Deehan on Conscious Leadership

August 24th, 2020


Fiona is from Ireland and in this interview we hear about her early days growing up and what brought her to New Zealand.  We both share an …

Hon Poto Williams on the Community and Voluntary Sector of Aotearoa

August 17th, 2020


The Honourable Poto Williams became an MP in 2013 and is now the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, and is the Associate Minister for …

Anton Matthews on normalising Te Reo in the Workplace

August 15th, 2020


Anton spoke at the Impact Unconference in April 2020 and this is the audio of his session about normalising Te Reo in the Workplace.  I really …

Mele Wendt on Culture, Racism and having the Tough Conversations

August 12th, 2020


Mele Wendt MNZM spent her childhood in Samoa and Fiji before coming to New Zealand to study at University.  In this interview we find out about that …

The 200th Episode! Highlights from 30 conversations ...

August 10th, 2020


This episode is a celebration of reaching 200 episodes and 75,000 listens.  In it we hear from 30 different people to give a taste of the wide variety of voices, stories and conversations we have had so far.

Thank you …

Marian Johnson on fostering collaboration at the Ministry of Awesome

August 4th, 2020


Marian is the Chief Awesome Officer at the Ministry of Awesome.  In this interview we discuss how it is helping connect and encourage start-ups and …

Healthtech Supernode Challenge: An explanation of why it matters with Marian Johnson

August 2nd, 2020


This is an excerpt with Marian Johnson about the Healthtech Supernode Challenge which is on now.   The full interview on her life and work with …

Chelsea Aitken on co-founding New Zealand and Beyond

July 28th, 2020


Chelsea Aitken co-founded New Zealand and Beyond and shares a few insights from her entrepreneurial journey in this episode.  We also find out about her background and what has led her to become an entrepreneur and the …

“Imposter syndrome can stop you trusting your gut…" an excerpt of the interview with Chelsea Aitken

July 27th, 2020


Chelsea Aitken co-founded New Zealand and Beyond and shares a few insights from her entrepreneurial journey in this short extract from the full …

Building a Story Brand: Book Review

July 24th, 2020


This is a short book review of "Building a Story Brand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen" by Donald Miller.  

More on the book:

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John Berry on Ethical Investing

July 20th, 2020


John Berry shares his life journey during this interview and we find out about what he is doing today in the area of ethical investing at Pathfinder which now has 7 different funds.  To start with though we find out …

Vaughan Winiata on founding V Formation and what Small Business needs

July 13th, 2020


Vaughan founded V Formation to focus on helping small businesses achieve their potential.  Along the way he has become a passionate spokesperson for the owners of the hundreds of thousands of small businesses in New …

"When you leave the Marae, that world is still with you...": Excerpts of the conversation with Vaughan Winiata

July 11th, 2020


This is a short excerpt from the conversation with Vaughan Winiata which will be released next week.  In that full interview we talk about small …

'Anau Mesui Henry on Empowering Pacific People

July 6th, 2020


'Anau shares her story of coming from Tonga as a child.  What is it like to grow up with two cultures and how do you adapt?  This is a really …

Empowering Pacific People: short excerpts of a conversation with 'Anau Mesui Henry

July 3rd, 2020


'Anau came to New Zealand from Tonga as a child - her full story will follow but this has 4 short excerpts from our conversation telling a few …

Kaila Colbin on Values, Leadership and founding Boma NZ

June 29th, 2020


Kaila is the co-founder of Boma Global and the founder and CEO of Boma New Zealand.  I'd been looking forward to this conversation for a long time because Kaila has had a fascinating life and has an attitude and …

"I am relentlessly curious": excerpts from interview with Kaila Colbin

June 27th, 2020


Kaila Colbin is on the show next week talking about her life - this is a short compilation of three excerpts from that interview to give a taste of …

Rob Lawrence reflections on Life at Retirement

June 23rd, 2020


Rob Lawrence retires in a few days and just turned 70 so in this interview we hear about his reflections on his career and life.  Starting from a young age he had an interest in the outdoors (his Father took him on his …

20 Life Lessons in 4 minutes from Rob Lawrence

June 21st, 2020


Rob Lawrence retires at the end of this month and recently turned 70.  Last week I interviewed him about his life journey and that will come out later this week, but in this short episode he offers 20 life lessons from …

Charting the Future: A framework for thinking about change - Live discussion

June 14th, 2020


In this live session I discussed with Craig Fisher the paper we released called "Charting the Future: A framework for thinking about change".  We discuss what the paper covers and why we wanted to issue the challenge of …

Creatives & the Arts: How can they shape our future? A live panel discussion

June 12th, 2020


Live panel discussion on Creatives & the Arts: How can they shape our future?  This was held as part of "Vision Week" and this panel brought together 4 thought leaders in the Arts from across a variety of sectors.

Vicki-Anne Parker on founding NZ Gifts of Love & Strength

June 8th, 2020


Vicki-Anne shares her life journey in this interview and we talk in detail about her founding NZ Gifts of Love & Strength.  This is a great new charity which was set up to support victims of different events such as …

Anne Rodda on Music, Creative Arts and Developing Good Strategy

June 2nd, 2020


Anne started her career as a professional musician before getting involved in a wide variety of initiatives focusing on the creative arts.  In this …

Terry Shubkin on Young Enterprise and how to define 'Success'

May 25th, 2020


Terry Shubkin is Chief Excitement Officer at Young Enterprise which is focused on "Inspiring Students. Unleashing Leaders."  In this interview we …

Sally Duxfield on Leadership Lessons, being an Experiential Architect and collaborating with Nature as co-instructor as the owner of Makahika Outdoor Pursuit Centre

May 18th, 2020


Sally curates unique learning experiences,, and delivers may of her programmes at Makahika Outdoor Pursuit Centre and in this interview we find out about her background, influences, time in the …

David Hall on Consumer Decision Making, Nudge Theory, Political Philosophy, and how all this affects Government Policy

May 6th, 2020


David is a lecturer at AUT and Co-Director of Mōhio's Climate Innovation Lab.  In this interview we talk about his early life, the influence of his …

'New Power': Book review

May 5th, 2020


This is a short book review of “New Power: How anyone can persuade, mobilize, and succeed in our chaotic connected age.” By Jeremy Heimans and Henry Timms.

For text of this review look here:

Luke Campbell on co-founding Vxt

May 3rd, 2020


Luke is a young entrepreneur and in this interview we hear about the challenges of setting up a new venture.  We also find out about his life story and journey so far.  I really enjoyed my conversation with Luke and …

Piano by Matthew Goldsworthy

April 30th, 2020


A beautiful original song played on the piano by Matthew Goldsworthy which he performed live for the Impact Unconference last Friday 24 April.

It was …

The Great Disruption: Opening session from Impact Unconference

April 28th, 2020


This is the audio of part of the opening session at the virtual Impact Unconference held on 24 April 2020 where I shared about the context in which the conference was happening and asked some questions about 'what …

Michael Philpott on being NZ's premier speaking coach and Speaking in Public: Why we fear it, and what can help

April 22nd, 2020


Michael is New Zealand's premier speaking coach.  We find out a lot about speaking in this interview - why we fear it and what can help.  You will want to listen in on our conversation as I learned so much from his …

Jenny Gill on lessons from a life in Philanthropy

April 20th, 2020


Jenny has spent decades working in Philanthropy in New Zealand. In this interview we hear about her childhood and some of the influences that shaped her, becoming a teacher, travelling overseas and what she learned in …

Glenn Dodson on helping ex prisoners and being diagnosed with Cancer

April 13th, 2020


Glenn has had a variety of roles in social services and is currently helping ex prisoners with accomodation with The Salvation Army in Addington, and …

Ursula Cheer on a varied career in Law

April 6th, 2020


Ursula Cheer is the Dean of the Canterbury Law School.  In this interview we find out about her life and the fact that she has really had three …

Virtual Impact Unconference

April 5th, 2020


Announcing the first New Zealand Virtual Impact Unconference on 24 April 2020.  Collaboration is our future.  This unconference wants to get us out …

Shamubeel Eaqub on the impact of COVID-19 and foundations for the future

March 31st, 2020


Shamubeel is one of New Zealand's leading economists so this interview provides a fascinating insight into COVID-19 from an economic impact …

Tamara Smith on her love of Music

March 17th, 2020


Tamara is a flautist, composer, dancer and much more - in this interview we talk about her love of music and how that began as well as her band Mundi.  We hear about her early days as well as getting the chance to hear …

Coronavirus: Professor David Murdoch on infectious diseases

March 13th, 2020


The headlines are dominating on the topic of Coronavirus / COVID-19 and I just woke up remembering that I interviewed one of the world leading experts on infectious diseases last year: Professor David Murdoch.  So I …

Chris Taylor on career changes, busyness and developing winning habits

March 8th, 2020


Chris switched career in his early 40s and in this interview we find out about what led him to do that.  We also hear about his family dynamics growing up (with a Father who left to work in Saudi Arabia) and the impact …

Dr Brett Mann on the impact of stress on our bodies, psychotherapy and 'somatisation'

March 1st, 2020


Brett is a generalist with a deep interest in many areas.  While practising as a GP he has done a lot of research into psychotherapy and the connection between life events, stress and a person's health and …

Raphael Nolden on the future of Tech and developing Amy, an AI powered maths tutor

February 24th, 2020


In this conversation we hear about Raphael's life and his background.  That starts out with finding more about his childhood and what he studied at University, the chance meeting at a Startup Weekend which led to a new …

Souhila Abdelazziz on immigrating to NZ and founding The Metamorphosis Path Academy

February 17th, 2020


Souhila Abdelazziz shares with us some of her journey, what it was like growing up in Algeria, the decision to move to New Zealand, being a new immigrant, the importance of attitude to all circumstances, the impact of …

Scott Gilmour on founding 'I Have a Dream' NZ and supporting kids growing up in material hardship

February 12th, 2020


Scott founded 'I Have a Dream NZ' and in this interview we learn all about the impact it is having on the lives of kids through a programme that helps children from low income communities reach their education and …

"Nature abhors a vacuum": An untold story of Christchurch (Part 2) with Colin Meurk

February 12th, 2020


This is the sequel to the first episode - suggest you listen to that before this.  Many thanks to Colin Meurk who I interviewed for this episode.

Airport Rabbits: An untold story of Christchurch (Part 1)

February 10th, 2020


This is an untold story of Christchurch.  Yes, that's all you are getting - you'll need to listen to the episode to find out more.  Be watching out …

Brett Curtis on a Life spent on Ships

February 3rd, 2020


Brett has lived most of his life on ships.  With his wife he raised his 5 children travelling between remote and isolated communities bringing health …

The Future of Food: A conversation between Sarah Kessans (synthetic biologist) and Peter Wells (permaculture designer and food forest creator)

January 28th, 2020


This one is a bit different as it is a mash up with two former guests - Sarah and Peter discuss genetic engineering, food supplies and the future (without me being in the interview).  The two of them have different …

Jessica Trybus on the role fun should play in Education and founding Simcoach Games

January 20th, 2020


Jessica Trybus believes that education should be about fun and uses technology to achieve that.  She is the Founder and Chief Games Officer of

Dare to Lead by Brené Brown, book review

January 13th, 2020


I read Dare to Lead over the Christmas break and wrote down notes and reflections which make up this book review.  If you enjoy this then is there …

Gavin Sole on Environmental Sustainability

January 6th, 2020


Gavin is an experienced Process Engineer who has worked for many years in the water and wastewater engineering industry.  In this interview we talk about his life and what led him to work in that area as well as some …

Impact Unconference 2020

December 30th, 2019


This is the audio of the first planning meeting for the Impact Unconference 2020 to be held in Christchurch in May next year.  In it I explain the background behind what the event will be and why it is being held.  

Nathan Seaward on making big life choices and starting a new career

December 27th, 2019


Nathan Seaward left a successful career as an airline pilot to start something new as a personal coach - in this interview we find out why.  We also …

Don't delay, a reminder from Glenn Dodson

December 20th, 2019


Glenn never expected the sore on his tongue to be cancer - in this short excerpt of an upcoming interview we hear from him about this and his encouragement to get things checked... it just might save your life.  This …

Jezza Williams on founding Makingtrax (live recording)

December 10th, 2019


Last night I had the privilege of interviewing Jezza Williams and hearing some of his story.  This was recorded in front of a live audience of about 120 in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens and was a Canterbury Employers …

Sacha Vee on Singing and founding SOLE Music Academy

December 4th, 2019


Sacha is a multiplatinum selling singer, songwriter and musician who has also founded SOLE Music Academy.  In this interview we talk about her life …

Steve Penny on the future of designing buildings and lessons from being an entrepreneur

December 2nd, 2019


Steve founded Honoris a year ago and in this episode we catch up on how that venture is going as well as learn about his life and what it is like to design buildings.  We also hear about his early days in England, what …

Tamara Smith live performance on flute

November 29th, 2019


Tamara came in for an interview yesterday and we also recorded some songs - here they are!  There are several songs played on this episode using three different flutes as well as lots of insights into playing flute in …

Matthew Button on Mentoring and Big Brothers, Big Sisters

November 25th, 2019


Matthew is the manager for the Christchurch branch of Big Brothers, Big Sisters.  In this interview we learn about his childhood and life journey, …

Enette Pauzé on Leadership, Intergenerational Stewardship and Systems Change

November 18th, 2019


Enette is an expert in Leadership and System Change based in Canada.  In this interview we talk about how that system change happens but also discuss stewardship and legacy. We also learn about her work in health care …

Heads or Tails? A simple question about what to do next (excerpt of a conversation with Nathan Seaward)

November 17th, 2019


This is very short extract from a conversation I had with Nathan Seaward where he shared a story that I thought others might appreciate as well.  If you are faced with a decision then this might be one thing to think …

Rebecca Parnham on founding Krama & Co, Giving Seeds of Love and the power of weaving Community

November 11th, 2019


Rebecca connects people and through that weaves community across traditional divides.  She does this through starting her own initiatives as well as supporting others with theirs.  The number of people she mentions in …

Alina Siegfried on impact storytelling, systems level change and performance poetry

November 4th, 2019


Alina Siegfried is an Impact Storyteller, Narrative Strategist, and award-winning Performance Poet. She is passionate about arts, storytelling and …

Big World, Small Planet: The Remix, a poem by Alina Siegfried

November 2nd, 2019


In next week's episode we will hear from Alina Siegfried a performance poet and impact storyteller.  She read this poem during the interview and so this is a preview of what is to come.

I think poetry helps us reimagine …

Angela Reimer on using music to heal brain injuries and the work of Cantabrainers Choir

October 28th, 2019


Angela is a speech and language therapist who works with people who have communication difficulties following brain injuries or disease through …

2119: An intertalk with Ron Park

October 25th, 2019


In this intertalk we speak 100 years after the original interview with Ron Park.  We sit down with Ron Park jr, the great grandson of Ron Park (named after his great grandfather), and reflect on what our grandparents …

Ron Park on health, sustainability and founding Kōrure

October 25th, 2019


Ron moved at age 8 to New Zealand from Korea and while a University student he founded Kōrure.  In this interview we talk about his memories of arriving in a new country where he did not speak the language, going …

John Balash on developing innovative educational ecosystems

October 21st, 2019


John is Director of Educational Engagement at Carnegie Mellon University Entertainment Technology Centre. In this interview we talk about his early …

Christchurch: City of Impact

October 20th, 2019


This is a panel discussion held as part of Impact Week at the end of September 2019 where we looked at what makes Christchurch unique today, how the earthquakes, shootings and fires have shaped that identity and given …

Dr Alex Wild on caring for your spine and co-founding Connect Chiropractic

October 14th, 2019


Alex grew up in Norway and dreamed of being a professional snowboarder.  In this interview we learn about her childhood in that country and what led her to study Chiropractic care.  We also discover what she has learned …

Future of Learning 2019: Audio of Conference

October 10th, 2019


The Future of Learning Conference took place over two days on 30 September and 1 October 2019 and this audio captures the main stage sessions.  If you enjoy this check out other interviews at 

This is an …

Say NO to say YES

October 9th, 2019


This is a short reflection on the power of "no" to free us up to say "yes" to what really matters.  

It is transcribed in full below and here

Lord Thomas of Cwmgiedd on being Chief Justice of England and Wales, being a peer in The House of Lords and the role of Judges now and in the future

October 7th, 2019


Lord Thomas was called to the bar in 1969 and after a long and distinguished career became Chief Justice of England and Wales between 2013 and 2017.  In this interview we talk about his early career and what led him to …

Dr. Mahsa Mohaghegh on founding She# and connecting Women in Tech

October 1st, 2019


Mahsa is an expert in Artificial Intelligence working as a senior lecturer at AUT.  In this interview we talk about her background and childhood in Iran and what first got her interested in computers (at age 7) as well …

Jason Swanson on being a Futurist

September 30th, 2019


Jason is Director of Strategic Foresight at KnowledgeWorks where he works as a futurist.  He visited New Zealand for The Future of Learning Conference held 30 September - 1 October 2019.  In this interview we talk about …

Impact Summit 2019: Audio of Conference

September 22nd, 2019


Audio of entire day held on 21 September 2019 of the main stage speakers at Impact Summit 2019 hosted by UCE (University of Canterbury Centre for Entrepreneurship).  The speakers were fantastic and it was a great day of …

Longdy Chhap on being Trafficked

September 20th, 2019


Longdy was trafficked age 8 from Cambodia to Thailand and forced to beg on the streets.  He had contracted polio as a young child and lost the use of …

Ben Reid on AI

September 16th, 2019


Ben is the Executive Director of the AI Forum and in this interview we discuss his background and journey to settle in New Zealand.  We then talk in depth about artificial intelligence - what is it and what might it …

Clive Antony on Identity and the power of Social Media

September 12th, 2019


Clive founded Mates Social Media and in this interview we talk about the power of social media and marketing - what works, what doesn't?  

We also talk about Clive's background and what it was like to be born in New …

Zahra Hussaini on valuing Diversity

September 9th, 2019


Zahra arrived in New Zealand as a 12 year old Afghan refugee who spoke no English.  In this interview we hear about what her childhood was like, …

Natasha Zimmerman on the science of belonging, community and founding Unchatter

September 4th, 2019


Natasha is a doing her PHD in organisational psychology at Canterbury University on belonging and community.  In this wide ranging interview we talk …

Shanna on being 11

September 2nd, 2019


Do you remember being 11?  In this episode we talk with Shanna about what her views of the world are.  It's good to get these reminders from time to time and also to hear about what children are learning about and what …

David Clifford on re-imagining 'school', Liberatory Design and how that can help nurture X-shaped students

August 27th, 2019


David is an edu-agitator who has explored what education is for many years through his work on Liberatory Design.  In this interview we hear a lot about David's childhood and his own education and how that has shaped …

Creativity & Vulnerability: Give it all ... give it now

August 19th, 2019


Reflecting on the intersection between our creative lives and the power of vulnerability.  The full text of this is here: 

Darren Ward on catalysing impact, improving governance and NGOs

August 18th, 2019


Darren has worked for many years in the NGO sector and now assists organisations to maximize social impact through Direct Impact Group.  In this interview we talk about his childhood and early years and career before he …

Bill Murphy on the Purpose Capital Impact Fund

August 12th, 2019


Bill Murphy is the founder of Enterprise Angels and of the Purpose Capital Impact Fund.  In this episode we talk a lot about entrepreneurs, start-ups and impact investing.  However, we also talk about Bill's life and …

Paradigm Shifts and Magic Eyes: Melbourne presentation at CLAANZ conference

August 6th, 2019


This is a short presentation in Melbourne at the Charity Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (CLAANZ) annual conference.  The topic was looking at private enterprise and business in the context of how they …

Ian Kennedy on being Ambassador to Japan

August 5th, 2019


Ian was the ambassador to Japan at the time of both the Christchurch and Tohoku earthquakes of 2011.  In this interview we hear all about his childhood and what led him to the diplomatic service.  We also find out about …

Bridget Williams on the SDGs and founding Bead and Proceed

July 30th, 2019


Bridget cares about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and founded social enterprise Bead and Proceed to highlight them.  In this interview we find out about the SDGs as well as her own life story and journey …

What is your Cathedral?

July 27th, 2019


A short reflection.  

The text of this is here.

What do you think?


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Japanese decision making and what we can learn

July 23rd, 2019


Japanese decision making - how is it different?  What can we learn?  This is a short little presentation at the Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce on doing business in Japan.  I lived in Tokyo and Osaka for 5 …

Hannah McKnight on communicating your Vision

July 22nd, 2019


Hannah is a communications consultant and wordsmith who helps organisations focussed on impact to communicate their stories. She founded Ngātahi …

B Corps: the what, why and how - live panel discussion

July 19th, 2019


This is a live panel discussion recorded 17 July 2019 in Christchurch at an event to answer questions about B Corps.  In it we hear from 6 different …

Israel Cooper on co-founding Home, and the importance of Community, People and Purpose

July 15th, 2019


Israel has a clear sense of identity and purpose and we talk about what led to his co-founding the building company, home, which has a real focus on people and community and is an impact driven company.  From his …

Glen Herud on failure, Happy Cow Milk, the hard road of entrepreneurship and what matters most

July 8th, 2019


Glen's start-up Happy Cow Milk failed.  That failure resulted in an outpouring of support - so he started again.  In this interview we talk about his …

Dave Sewell on Leadership in Business and beating Stress

July 1st, 2019


Dave has been studying leadership and the key elements that make up a good leader.  As well as that his focus is to understand stress and what that does to leaders, in both good and bad ways.  In this interview we talk …

Hayley-Maree Litt on counselling and letting go of the past

June 24th, 2019


Hayley-Maree is a counsellor and in this interview we talk about change, personal growth, addiction and moving forward in life.  We also find out about her early years growing up on a farm where race horses were raised, …

They are Us: Abdigani Ali and Osman Ahmed on the attacks in Christchurch, Resilience and Collaboration

June 16th, 2019


This one is powerful - today we hear from Abdigani Ali and Osman Ahmed, who was one of those shot in the attacks in Christchurch in March 2019.  I …

Professor David Murdoch on Infectious Diseases, Nepal and the University of Otago, Christchurch

June 3rd, 2019


David is Dean of the University of Otago, Christchurch.  His main research has been into infectious diseases and in this interview we discuss that research, his time spent living in remote Nepal for two years as well as …

Tech for Good: A live panel for TechWeek19 discussing this with Tim Jones, Georgia Robertson, John Ascroft, Dave Lane and Menno Finlay-Smits

May 27th, 2019


Tech for Good? This is a panel discussion on that topic recorded just one week ago.  We joined forces with Ian Wells (many thanks to you) from Canterbury Tech and hosted a Techweek 2019 session in the Parry Field …

Emily Morrow on Balance: Achievable, mythical, unhelpful or something else?

May 26th, 2019


Emily practised as a lawyer for many years and now assists both law firms and lawyers with thinking deeply about the work they do, and why they do it.  This interview was recorded live in front of an audience of more …

The Human Economy and the Future of Business, a breakout session at Philanthropy NZ Summit 2019 with Louise Aitken, Christina Bellis and Shay Wright

May 20th, 2019


This breakout session at the Philanthropy Summit 2019 deals with a very topical issue: The future of business in the "human economy" - but what is meant by that term and how does it all fit with social enterprise?  In …

Impact Investing: Future Trends from Philanthropy Summit NZ 2019 with Rebekah Swan, David Woods, Emily Woodland and Clive Pedley

May 18th, 2019


The Philanthropy Summit 2019 was held for the last three days (15-17 May) at Te Papa with 500 attending.  To celebrate getting to 30,000 listens of …

Ian Harvey on Collective Intelligence

May 17th, 2019


Harv founded Collective Intelligence and in this interview we find out what that is and how it works.  We also learn about his childhood, his family …

Oliver Hunt on founding Medsalv, making health more sustainable by reprocessing single use devices

May 13th, 2019


Oliver founded Medsalv 18 months ago and in this interview we hear about his entrepreneurial journey.  We also find out a lot about the medical industry and single use devices and the amount of waste which goes to …

The Honourable Justice Joseph Williams explaining the Karakia "Whakataka te Hau"

May 8th, 2019


This was not planned.  Which makes it the perfect 100th episode as we always look for depth and meaning in unexpected moments.  Justice Joe Williams got up to give the keynote speech at the recent Charity Law and …

Isabel on being 6

May 6th, 2019


Do you remember being 6?  Most of us have forgotten but it's important to try and recall sometimes.  This episode may help a little as we hear from Isabel about what she enjoys in life and how she sees the world.  What …

Lauren Burr on Mathematics

May 1st, 2019


Lauren loves mathematics and that shines through in this interview.  She has worked for many years as a maths teacher and so I wanted to talk with her about her life and perspective on this as well as her work with the …

Audiobook: "Structuring for Impact" Report

April 24th, 2019


This is an audiobook of the report "Structuring for Impact: Evolving Legal Structures for Business in New Zealand" that was released 17 April 2019 …

Georgia Robertson on Humanitix, the world's first non-profit events ticketing platform

April 22nd, 2019


Georgia is a changemaker, ex-lawyer and now CEO of Humanitix NZ, and she shares about building the world's first non-profit events ticketing platform backed by Google and Atlassian, the value of education and the power …

Louise Aitken introducing "Structuring for Impact" a new research report on the Future of Business and Social Enterprise in New Zealand

April 17th, 2019


Louise is the CEO of the Ākina Foundation and she spoke this morning in Wellington at the launch of the major new report: "Structuring for Impact: …

Full conference audio: "Future Prospects for Charity Law, Accounting and Regulation" held 11-12 April 2019 at Te Papa

April 16th, 2019


Yes, this is a very long episode!  Have a listen to short intro to understand more but it is all the audio of more than 10 sessions at the two day …

Dr Carolyn Cordery on a History of Financial Reporting - recorded live at Te Papa for 'Future prospects for Charity Law, Accounting and Regulation' conference on 12 April 2019

April 15th, 2019


Carolyn is an expert on the history of financial reporting - in this interview we spoke in front of a live audience of almost 200 at a conference …

Impact and Social Enterprise, a live panel discussion at Te Papa moderated by Steven Moe with Louise Aitken, Dana Brakman Reiser, Holly Norton, Kaye Maree Dunn and Andrew Phillips

April 14th, 2019

This bonus episode is all about impact and social enterprise in New Zealand.  It was recorded on Friday 12 April 2019 as a live panel discussion at Te Papa.   It was moderated by Steven Moe with Louise Aitken, CEO …

Wil McLellan on co-founding EPIC Innovation centre in Christchurch

April 8th, 2019


Wil co-founded EPIC (Enterprise Precinct and Innovation Campus) a unique building which houses many start-ups and tech companies in central …

John Page on Focus for Boards

March 25th, 2019


John Page is a governance expert at BoardWorks.  He is also the writer of a major research report "True to Label" looking at how value is measured in the non-profit sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.  He has many years of …

Peter Beck on love and 'thin places'

March 17th, 2019


Peter was the Dean of the Christchurch Cathedral at the time of the earthquakes in 2011.  I chose to air this interview now because we talk about love and acceptance in this and it feels like the most …

Matthew Goldsworthy on Youth Arts New Zealand

March 4th, 2019


Matthew founded Youth Arts New Zealand to empower youth to creatively express themselves.  We talk about his life and what led him to start this, the …

How to create a Podcast

February 25th, 2019


In this episode I share everything I've learned about how to create a podcast.  This was recorded live when I gave it as a session at the Social Enterprise Unconference in Levin in mid February 2019.  One of my dreams …

Collett's Corner: A paradigm shifting community minded property development

February 21st, 2019


This short bonus episode profiles Collett's Corner with founder Camia Young sharing about what this crowdfunded community owned property development …

Joanna Norris on ChristchurchNZ

February 18th, 2019


Joanna is the CEO of ChristchurchNZ which promotes the city as both a tourism destination and a dynamic place for business to grow.  In this …

Lisa Mead on founding 'Social Currency'

February 4th, 2019


Lisa founded Social Currency an accounting firm with a difference that we discuss in the interview (hint: it gives back).  We also talk about Lisa's early life, a near death experience at 11, growing up and playing …

Kerri Bonner on changing perceptions of "Disability"

January 21st, 2019


Kerri coordinates 'Carabiner' in Christchurch which helps provide mentoring opportunities for young people aged 18-25 with disabilities.  In this interview we talk about her childhood, love of the outdoors, working life …

E Wen Wong on being 16 and founding P.S. Our Beaches

January 14th, 2019


E Wen Wong was 13 when she founded P.S. Our Beaches.  Now aged 16 we talk about her love of poetry, founding an organisation to clean up our beaches, …

Steve Jukes on Pathway a social enterprise helping ex Prisoners

January 8th, 2019


Steve is the Executive Director at Pathway which is a charity and social enterprise helping prisoners reintegrate back into society after they leave prison.  It does that through a charitable trust owning two businesses …

Robert Read on Suicide Awareness and Prevention

December 31st, 2018


Robert speaks about suicide from a place of sincerity and personal experience which is profound.  In this episode we talk with him about his childhood, early life, guardian angels who have saved him from suicide, the …

Kathleen Gallagher on being a poet, staying attentive and slowing down

December 25th, 2018


Some interviews are like little jewels that I’ve somehow uncovered while walking along the beach.  Today is one of those as I speak with the poet Kathleen Gallagher.  Kathleen has written plays, poems, novels as well as …

Julie Chapman on co-founding KidsCan and child poverty in New Zealand

December 10th, 2018


Julie co-founded charity KidsCan 13 years ago and is the CEO now.  In this interview we talk about her childhood, her first jobs, the influence of …

Celebrating 20,000 listens with a bonus episode reflecting on Social Enterprise in Aotearoa, New Zealand

December 9th, 2018


Thanks everyone for helping reach this significant milestone!  The 75th episode was just released and with that we passed 20,000 total listens across all the interviews.  Thanks to all who are out there listening to …

Bonus: Short reflection on paradigm shifts and the term social enterprise

December 5th, 2018


Earlier this week (actually, last night!) I presented to around 50 people on Social Enterprise in Auckland and this is just a few short minutes extract of that more than hour long session.  I was reflecting on what we …

Dr Mike Dickison on being 'Wikipedian-at-Large' and giant flightless birds

December 3rd, 2018


Mike was appointed earlier this year to be 'Wikipedian at Large' and has been travelling the country in that role.  In this interview we talk about …

Historian Rowan Light on ANZAC day, what we commemorate (and why)

November 26th, 2018


Rowan is a lecturer in the History Department at Canterbury University who has done years of research into ANZAC history. In this interview (released in the month that is the centenary of World War I ending) we talk …

Louise Aitken on Ākina, Social Enterprise in Aotearoa ... and being a twin!

November 19th, 2018


Louise Aitken is the CEO of Ākina Foundation which is growing social enterprise in Aotearoa New Zealand. In this interview (the longest so far!) we talk about her childhood, what it was like growing up with her twin …

Dyslexia as Superpower with Geoff Bone

November 15th, 2018


On this episode we discuss dyslexia as a form of Superpower.  Why might that be?  After our full interview Geoff Bone contacted me to say he wanted …

Geoff Bone on the New Zealand Agricultural Show and how to create meaningful events

November 12th, 2018


Geoff is the event director for the New Zealand Agricultural Show (formerly the Canterbury A&P Show).  In this interview we talk about Geoff's …

Holly Norton on co-founding 'Collaborate' the social enterprise volunteering app

November 5th, 2018


Holly is one of the four co-founders of Collaborate which connects people with volunteering opportunities.  In this interview we discuss her early …

Professor Anthony Butler on 3D colour x-rays, MARS Bioimaging and the future of scanning in health care

October 29th, 2018


Anthony is a co-founder (with his Father) of Mars Bioimaging Limited which produces 3D colour x-rays (spectral molecular imaging).  This involves the …

Māori perspectives on Social Enterprise with Kaye Maree Dunn, Cain Kerehoma and Chanelle Armstrong

October 22nd, 2018


"What does Social Enterprise mean to us as Tangata Whenua?"  This question was explored during this participative session 2 at the Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forum held on 19 October 2018.  

We heard from Kaye Maree …

Bonus: Final challenge at the Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forum 2018 from Samantha Jones

October 19th, 2018


Samantha Jones gave the last word at the Aotearoa Social Enterprise Forum held on 19 October 2018 in Wellington.  The full transcript is typed below. …

Dr Pleayo Tovaranonte on social enterprise "Beyond the Stethoscope"

October 15th, 2018


Dr Pleayo Tovaranonte explains the social enterprise Beyond the Stethoscope that he co-founded sending Doctors to other parts of the world.  We also discuss his many other entrepreneurial adventures, such as his work …

Seeds Takeover! Tim Jones & Mark Ambundo discuss ... everything!

October 8th, 2018


Two former podcast guests have become great friends in the last year and as I respect each of them so highly I invited them to come back and chat …

Bonus: Governance tips for Boards

October 4th, 2018


This is a short talk given to about 50 people who were all involved as board members and so was sharing a list of top 10 tips for good governance. …

Dr. Cheryl Doig on the Future of Learning

October 1st, 2018


Cheryl is a leadership futurist and expert in education and in this interview we combine the two into a far reaching discussion about what is to come in relation to the future of learning.  We also talked about her …

Simon Mbonyinshuti on being a Refugee from Rwanda

September 24th, 2018


Simon fled Rwanda aged 16 in 1994 and never saw his home again.  This is one of those really deep episodes where we really explore what it even means to be human and reflect on what is important in life.  In this …

Dr Sharon McIver on interviewing music icons like Radiohead and founding social enterprise 'Our Daily Waste'

September 17th, 2018


Dr Sharon McIver founded social enterprise 'Our Daily Waste' and in this conversation we talk about her entrepreneurial journey.  Before getting to that though we discuss her childhood as well as work as a music …

Reuben Bijl on designing apps and co-founding Smudge

September 12th, 2018


Reuben is a co-founder and Managing Director of Smudge which has been developing apps since the iPhone first came out.  In this interview we start with a discussion about his love of music before we turn to his early …

Bonus: Start-up key issues (structures for social enterprises, governance, key documents, IP and other common questions...)

September 10th, 2018


To celebrate getting to 15,000 listens this "Legal Mashup" is a bonus episode recorded at XCHC recently.  In this I presented along with Kris Morrison about key start-up issues including what a social enterprise is, …

Dave Lane on Free and Open Source Software

September 3rd, 2018


Dave Lane is an advocate for open source software and is the President of the NZ Open Source Society.  In this interview we talk about his early …

Philipp Sültrop on rockets, endurance races and surviving cancer

August 27th, 2018


Philipp is researching fuel use in rockets at the University of Canterbury looking in particular at rocket flight mechanics and control in …

Professor Julia Rucklidge on diet and mental health

August 20th, 2018


Professor Julia Rucklidge has been researching the link between diet, nutrients and mental health and in this interview we talk about that work.  We …

Zoë Hector on deaf children and her social enterprise to help them 'Talk Town'

August 13th, 2018


Zoë Hector (nee Haws) founded social enterprise 'Talk Town' after she had worked as a teacher aide and saw deaf children left out of games on the playground.  In this interview we talk about her own background and …

Bonus episode: "The moment things changed . . ."

August 6th, 2018


This is a bonus compilation episode to celebrate getting to 52 interviews looking back through some of the conversations to pull out short extracts …

Stuart Dillon-Roberts on social enterprise Digital Journey

July 30th, 2018


Only a few social enterprises that I meet are focused on the digital and online world - so it was refreshing to talk with Stuart Dillon-Roberts who founded social enterprise Digital Journey.  The aim is to 'deliver …

Angela Sothern on plans for a global fundraising loyalty programme to help towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals

July 23rd, 2018


Angela Sothern has an idea for a new charity fundraising loyalty programme which is intended to to help towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.  We discuss Angela's background and history as well …

Marcelle Lunam on the art of Film, being a Director and the Tūmanako Wellness Centre

July 16th, 2018


Welcome to the 50th episode!  Marcelle Lunam is the founder and project lead for Tūmanako Wellness Centre.  Marcelle has worked in film as a director and we discuss the influence her Grandfather had on her as a child …

Andrew Bell on preventable blindness and the work of The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ

July 9th, 2018


Andrew Bell is the Executive Director of The Fred Hollows Foundation NZ which he has led since 2010.  In this interview we discuss his background and …

Sarah Kessans on synthetic biology, GE and applying to be an Astronaut to NASA

July 2nd, 2018


Sarah Kessans is a research fellow at the University of Canterbury.  In this interview we talk about her work as a synthetic biologist and discuss …

Peter Wells on edible food forests and the Ōtākaro Orchard

June 25th, 2018


Peter is the project coordinator for the local urban food hub Ōtākaro Orchard.  Its aim is to provide knowledge and inspiration about sustainable food systems as part of the Food Resilience Network.  In this interview …

Alanna Chapman on 27 Seconds a social enterprise winery focused on ending modern day slavery

June 19th, 2018


Alanna Chapman is a co-founder of 27 Seconds which is a social enterprise winery whose profits go to ending modern day slavery.  They do this by supporting the work of Hagar with their profits.  In this interview we …

Samantha Jones on sustainable fashion and founding social enterprise Little Yellow Bird

June 11th, 2018


Samantha Jones is a social entrepreneur who founded B Corp certified Little Yellow Bird ( It’s aim is to ethically make uniforms and other workwear while also considering the source …

Michael Mayell on founding Cookie Time, the Power of Failure, and social enterprise Nutrient Rescue

June 4th, 2018


Michael founded the iconic New Zealand brand Cookie Time more than 30 years ago.  But that wasn't his first business idea and the initial ones he had tried failed - but he kept trying.  When you talk to Michael it is …

Bonus episode: "Are there too many Charities in New Zealand?"

May 30th, 2018


A bonus episode to celebrate getting to a total of 10,000 listens of the show and to say thanks to those who subscribe! This is a bit different as it is from the recent conference at Te Papa where I was able to help …

Miranda Satterthwaite on Space, colonising Mars and promoting STEM for the next generation

May 28th, 2018


Miranda is the STEM Coordinator at the Ara Institute of Canterbury.  In this conversation we talk about Miranda's background including her early …

David Carter on Technology, Canterbury Tech and his entrepreneurial journey

May 21st, 2018


David is the Chair of Canterbury Tech and in this episode released during Techweek '18 we talk about the origins of Canterbury Tech, what it is …

Stella Ward on the impact of Technology on Health Care

May 14th, 2018


Stella is the Chief Digital Officer (and Acting Executive Director Allied Health) for the Canterbury DHB and West Coast DHB.  In this interview we …

Peter Beggs on Antarctica

May 8th, 2018


Peter is the Chief Executive of Antarctica New Zealand and in this interview we talk about his background as well as the history of explorers in Antarctica, the work being done supporting world leading science and …

Professor Rob Lindeman on Technology, Virtual Reality and the HIT Lab NZ

May 3rd, 2018


Rob is a Professor and Research Leader at the HIT Lab NZ (Human Interface Technologies) at Canterbury University.  This interview is released in the …

Fiona Allan on Elite Sport, Paralympians and Inspiration

April 29th, 2018


Fiona is the Chief Executive and Secretary General of Paralympics New Zealand.  In this interview we talk about her childhood growing up in the UK, …

Dr Peter Simpson on the Arts in New Zealand

April 23rd, 2018


Peter has written many books on New Zealand's leading creative authors, writers, painters and musicians.  His most recent recognition was the 2017 Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in honour of his …

Chris Simcock on Impact Investing ... in NZ!

April 16th, 2018


Chris is the Founder of Impact Ventures NZ which is a partner in the Impact Enterprise Fund which recently completed a first close having raised $8 …

Nigel Cottle on Crave Cafe and the dangers of "success"

April 9th, 2018


Nigel is a co-founder and Manager of social enterprise Crave Cafe in Morningside in Auckland.  In this interview we talk about his childhood memories …

Dr Jarrod Gilbert on Gangs in New Zealand

April 2nd, 2018


Jarrod is a sociologist at the University of Canterbury and the author of "Patched: The History of Gangs in New Zealand" which was a finalist for …

Erica Austin-Knopp on being an Experience Curator

March 26th, 2018


Erica is involved in a wide variety of different groups and organisations and we talk with her about all of them and her role as an Experience …

Michelle Sharp on Kilmarnock's key learnings

March 19th, 2018


Michelle is the Chief Executive Officer of Kilmarnock Enterprises which is a social enterprise established 60 years ago.  I interviewed Michelle for the first episode of the podcast about her own story but in this …

Camia Young on Architecture and Cultivating Community

March 12th, 2018


Camia worked as an architect in Europe for many years before she made her home in Christchurch after the earthquakes.  In this interview we talk …

Leighton Evans on the Rātā Foundation

March 5th, 2018


Leighton is the Chief Executive of the Rātā Foundation which provides millions of dollars in grants to community groups and charities each year.  In …

Franca Buelow on the value of Collaboration across Disciplines

February 26th, 2018


Franca is an Environmental Social Scientist with a curiosity about many things in the world so we discuss topics ranging from her childhood in Germany, her research on transnational sovereignty, climate change and love …

Sam Broughton on Leadership and Legacy

February 19th, 2018


Sam is mayor of the fast growing Selwyn District and is one of the youngest mayors in New Zealand.  We talk about his childhood, the decision to …

Dorenda Britten on Design and Critical Thinking

February 12th, 2018


Dorenda has studied and worked in Design for nearly all of her life and founded The Britten Institute.  In this interview we discuss what application principles of design and design led strategy have in other …

Michael Trengrove on Code Club Aotearoa

February 5th, 2018


Michael co-founded Code Club Aotearoa and in this interview we talk about the work that organisation is doing with primary aged school children to …

Amy Marsden on Whanau, Children and Te Mapua

January 29th, 2018


Amy Marsden is a co-founder of Te Mapua which translates as "the precious children" and works to provide camps and other activities for kids in need.  In this interview we talk about her early life and what influenced …

Joanna Pidgeon on Women in the Law

January 22nd, 2018


Joanna is the President of the Auckland District Law Society.  She is also the founder of Pidgeon Law in Auckland which is a boutique property and …

Jonathan Lee on Photography as Art

January 15th, 2018


Jonathan Lee is a professional photographer who has traveled the world taking photos and through them telling amazing stories.  In doing this he often supports social enterprises and other great causes.  In this …

Ben Atkinson on finding your purpose and founding social enterprise 'Fill Their Lunchbox'

January 8th, 2018


Ben set up the social enterprise Fill Their Lunchbox and in this episode shares his journey.  We learn about his childhood and hard times during high …

Catherine Brown with a Funder's perspective on social enterprises

January 1st, 2018


Growing up in an international family that spanned the globe, working as a lawyer before starting to work for a variety of charities particularly in …

Mark Prain on Sir Edmund Hillary

December 25th, 2017


Traveling the country at 11 as a boy soprano, studying acting and working as a professional actor and then working internationally as an opera singer before becoming an activist with Greenpeace, working with Sustainable …

John Hammond on choosing life

December 18th, 2017


On falling in love at first sight, the impact of a friend passing in your 20s, a lifelong love of skiing and travel, co-founding a marketing agency, deciding to retire but then getting a prognosis you never expected to …

Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom on Space

December 11th, 2017


Growing up in the Philippines with dreams of Space and interplanetary travel, how a scholarship to the International Space University in France has …

Martin Large on "Common Wealth"

November 29th, 2017


Growing up on a Yorkshire Dales hill farm, living in South East Asia during the Vietnam War era, pursuing an academic career, founding the Hawthorn Press, developing 'Stroud Common Wealth' and establishing community …

Peter Townsend on Business Leadership

November 28th, 2017


Growing up in Rotorua, being involved in the fishing industry and co-founding the New Zealand Salmon Company in the mid 1980s, working as Chief …

Gary Shaw on having been an Anti Human Trafficker

November 17th, 2017


Ambitions to be a superhero as a child and how that affected the decision to become a policeman and then work for many years as an anti-human …

Elena Casolari on Impact Investing in Africa and India

November 14th, 2017


Growing up in Italy, working as a researcher of economic models at the Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo, joining the finance world as an investment banker before co-founding OPES Impact Fund which focuses on investing …

Dr James Austin on the Social Enterprise Initiative at Harvard Business School

November 7th, 2017


Joining the Peace Corps in 1964, studying at Harvard Business School and then joining the faculty before being involved in co-founding the Social …

David Harland on the Eden Project, education by stealth and plans for the red zone in Christchurch

October 30th, 2017


What the Eden Project is, the concept of weaving together entertainment with education, operating as a global social enterprise with expanding operations in China, Australia, America and a proposal for the red zone in …

Mark Ambundo with an African perspective on Western Culture and taking advantage of opportunities

October 25th, 2017


Growing up in Kenya and what life is like in the city of Nairobi, what impresses about Western culture when viewed from an African perspective, how …

Kit Hindin on Ministry of Awesome and the value of Slowing Down

October 19th, 2017


On what makes coming home from overseas so special, working with entrepreneurs as 'Start-Up Activator' at Ministry of Awesome, the scary/exciting moment you decide to launch out on your own and finding joy and purpose …

Daniel Flynn on Thankyou

October 14th, 2017


Co-founding the Australian Social Enterprise Thankyou at 19, being transparent about the ups and downs of the journey, what keeps you going on an entrepreneurial marathon, the importance of purpose as your foundation …

Bailey Peryman on Cultivate Christchurch

October 9th, 2017


Building a network of urban farms as a social enterprise, their potential to help the young people involved find their purpose and the chance to …

Dr John Vargo on Organisational Resilience

October 4th, 2017


Working in Silicon Valley in the 1970s, what resilience is in an organisational context, how theory was turned into a living labratory when the earthquakes hit Christchurch and what organisations can do to improve their …

Shanna on being 10

September 28th, 2017


What it feels like to turn 10, what kids can teach adults and what they wish we knew, the keys to developing a growth mindset, some innovative …

Lianne Dalziel on being the Mayor of Christchurch

September 24th, 2017


The one where we learn about a childhood without TV but plenty of imagination, becoming a Member of Parliament, how the earthquakes sparked the decision to become Mayor, the future for social enterprises and both the …

Netta Egoz on Pechakucha and Social Enterprises

September 20th, 2017


The one where we talk about when a national identity forms if you are a child of immigrants, starting your first charity at 15, empowering others as a Social Enterprise lawyer in post Earthquake Christchurch and moving …

Tim Jones on B Corps

September 14th, 2017


The one where we talk about what it takes to leave working in the corporate world behind, what B Corps actually are and the process to become one, what changes are needed to have more purpose driven people and …

Michelle Sharp on Kilmarnock and Social Enterprises

September 10th, 2017


The one where we learn about a childhood in Mexico, introducing the BlackBerry to Europe with Vodafone, being involved in IT startups in England and …

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