The original Fellowship was brought together in 2006 at the invitation and support of the
Social Innovation Investment Group — a group of grant-makers, philanthropists, and community leaders who were interested in fostering social innovation and social entrepreneurship in New Zealand.

At the conclusion of this three-year fellowship, the members decided they wanted to keep on meeting and open up the retreats to younger people from their own networks ... so that their conversations could grow and expand.

The Fellowship has been collaborating of the How Communities Heal project, and is convening an open Masterclass for Social Entrepreneurs in September 2011 at the Vaughan Park Anglican Retreat Centre in Long Bay.

The members of the original Fellowship are:

Brian Donnelly
Brian Donnelly

Executive Director of the New Zealand Housing Foundation, which catalyses housing projects for low income people, and assists community groups to become housing providers. The Foundation has also created an innovative home equity programme which enables low income families to begin on a path to home ownership.

Emeline Afeaki Mafile’o Emeline Afeaki Mafile’o

Founder of Affirming Works which provides mentoring and educational lifeskills support to young people in Manukau City. Consultant, adviser and advocate on Pacific Island Affairs. Awarded the Sir Peter Blake Emerging Leader Award for 2006.

Gael Surgenor Gael Surgenor

Service Development Manager at Family and Community Services and recognised as a social entrepreneur active in the Ministry of Social Development at the present time. Gael specialises in community based social marketing programmes and leads significant attitude and behaviour change campaigns on parenting and family violence.

John Stansfield John Stansfield

One of New Zealand’s leading practicing academics in the field of community organisation management, and co-founder of the Graduate Diploma in Not-For-Profit Management at Auckland Unitec. CEO of the Problem Gambling Foundation of New Zealand, and founding director of Clean Stream Waiheke Ltd and the Waste Resources Trust.

Kim Workman Kim Workman

National Director of Prison Fellowship New Zealand, which is a significant provider of social services in the criminal justice sector, as well as a voice for change in how our communities address crime and punishment. The Prison Fellowship established the country’s first faith-based prison unit at Rimutaka Prison, the first mentor-based prisoner after care service, and introduced restorative justice programmes into the prison system.

Major Campbell Roberts Major Campbell Roberts

Founder and Director of the Salvation Army's Social Policy Research and Parliamentary Affairs Unit, and Director of the Salvation Army’s social services in New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. Long-time social entrepreneur involved with the Salvation Army's welfare initiatives, and a leading church and community voice on poverty, housing issues, and prison reform. Executive Member of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services, and convenor of its Poverty and Housing Task Force. Convener of consultations between church leaders and the Prime Minister.

Malcolm Cameron Malcolm Cameron

Founder of the Malcam Charitable Trust, a major provider of Youth Development and Transitional Support Programmes in the Otago Region. A passionate advocate for giving young people as many chances as necessary until they connect with their dreams. Founder of 4Trades, which has become a national role model in providing multi-employer apprenticeship opportunities. Serial social entrepreneur who has launched or supported the establishment of many community organisations in Otago including the Youth Service Corps, Conservation Corps, Logan Park Services Academy, Choice, The Princes Trust, 4 Hire, SuperGrans ... and many more are on the way.

Nuku Rapana Nuku Rapana

President of the Pukapuka Island Community in New Zealand (Pukapuka is in the Northern Cook Islands). Founder and Managing Director of Entech Electronics. Instrumental in the establishment of the Pukapuka Training Academy, a private training establishment targeting Pacific Island communities with education in electro-technology and ICT. Leader in establishing Pukapuka Social Services which delivers a range of integrated programmes enhancing the wellbeing of families — including literacy programmes, health and housing initiatives and community-owned enterprises.

Ngahau and Debbie Davis Ngahau and Debbie Davis

Part of the leadership team at He Iwi Kotahi Tatou Trust in Moerewa and role models in catalysing economic and community development for small rural communities. Besides establishing a range of social service programmes, the Trust has created several community-owned enterprises in the previously derelict main street of Moerewa. They have also established a Recording Studio and multi-media Production House for developing local music, creating radio programmes, and editing films for documentaries.

Philip Patston Philip Patston

Founder and Managing Director of Diversityworks, a multi-faceted enterprise that offers expertise in managing diversity and change, and projects to improve diversity and professional participation in the arts. Director of Manawanui in Charge Ltd, New Zealand’s first individualised funding agency which helps disabled people to manage their own disability support. Activist, conference speaker, and leader in fostering new ways of thinking about disability and welfare issues.

Robin Allison Robin Allison

Co-founder and project co-ordinator of the Earthsong Eco-Neighbourhood project in Ranui, Waitakere City, which is a living demonstration of how the principles of Cohousing, permaculture and eco-architecture lead to social and environmental sustainability. Architect who has led innovations in neighbourhood design and development combining eco-technologies, non-toxic materials and energy-efficient design. Member of the design and project management team of the NOW house project which is working to find affordable, attractive ways to make “standard” New Zealand homes more sustainable.

Stephanie McIntyre Stephanie McIntyre

Director of Downtown Community Ministry in Wellington – an innovative social service agency with a current focus on addressing and preventing homelessness. Member of the Homeless Prevention Strategy Group, and champion of “wet housing” as an accommodation option for chronically relapsing alcoholics. Director of Public Trust, and former Social Justice Commissioner for the Anglican Church.

Vivien Maidaborn Vivien Maidaborn

Chief Executive of CCS, a community organisation focussed on building inclusive communities and providing disability support. Leading the transformation of CCS from a traditional social services provider to a community development organisation. Leader of the innovative “Lifetime Design” strategy — a way of thinking about our future housing so that it is designed and created for changing needs and different people over time. Member of the Taskforce for the Prevention of Family Violence.

vivian Hutchinson vivian Hutchinson

Executive Officer of the Social Innovation Investment Group and the New Zealand Social Entrepreneur Fellowship. One of the pioneers in community-based employment initiatives in New Zealand. Co-founder of the Jobs Research Trust and the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs, and former Editor of The Jobs Letter. Co-Founder of the Heart Politics Gatherings and a variety of adult education initiatives in community and economic development.