About Us

Our story dates back to 2012, when a collaborative project led by Auckland Council, gathered together a group of practitioners, training providers and academics to consider on how to best support the development of social enterprise in Tāmaki Makaurau.

In 2015, Social Enterprise Auckland (SEA) was established as a member based organisation (an Incorporated Society) in order to develop a vehicle for social enterprises and their supporters to lead this effort and create an environment in which social enterprise is just a normal way of doing business.

Fast forward to 2020, when the board of SEA, who included Paul Kerssans from Impact Hub Waikato, decided to investigate the possibility of joining the global Impact Hub movement.  During 2021, a series of hui (meetings) were ran across the city with entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, local government and charities to investigate the appetite for Impact Hub Auckland. Positive feedback was received with a desire for access to

  • knowledge & expertise
  • networks
  • capital
  • markets

The small and mighty IHA team is a driving force behind this new impact eco-system venture. We have collaborated with our sister team at Impact Hub Waikato (IHW) who have spent countless hours developing systems, designing solutions, and stewarding relationships to serve a growing network of stakeholders. Each entrepreneurial team member brings unique skills from their own impact business to share with the change makers of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Who are we

Tom Va’afusuaga

Tom Va’afusuaga is co-founder of Impact Hub Auckland and has extensive business incubation experience enabling Maori & Pasifika entrepreneurs. Having co-started a social enterprise focused on enabling Maori tribes, Tom understands the mindset needed to take an idea to a thriving impact driven business. Being an accountant he also works alongside kiwi and Pacific Island businesses and NGOs to ensure they are financially viable and are fulfilling their accounting and compliance activities. Tom is also the founder of Manulua.

Ger (Geraldine) Tew

Ger (Geraldine) Tew was a board member and events manager for Social Enterprise Auckland. She has been a core member of the transition to Impact Hub Auckland and is also the Founder of The ReCreators, an upcycle collective that delivers circular design programmes in schools and community groups working on how to design products from existing materials. She has strong expertise in product design and development, community building and generic start-up skills. From previous work experience with MBIE, she has a comprehensive understanding of refugee and migrant settlement outcomes and pathways for success.

Stefan Rüegg

Stefan Rüegg is a co founder of Impact Hub Auckland and also Proxima Global. He is a highly versatile strategist, networker and change agent whose work focuses on catalysing positive social and environmental impact in business. He combines more than fifteen years of sustainability experience as a business consultant and corporate sustainability analyst. Originally he qualified as an environmental scientist from Switzerland’s leading scientific university.