Social Value Aotearoa is the New Zealand affiliated National Member Network (NMN) of the parent body Social Value International.

We are a user-led peer-support group for those who want to inspire change through social accounting: measuring impact and social values.

Jo Nicholson

Project Co-ordinator for Social Value Aotearoa welcomes you to our network and our website.

What we do?

Social Value Aotearoa is proudly connected to the powerful global movement to change the way society accounts for value. Working towards increased equality in NZ communities and in turn, the global community.

An account of social value is a story from the perspective of the people affected by an organisations activity. Applying the Seven Principles of Social Value with qualitative, quantitative, and comparative information and environmental changes in relation to how they affect people’s lives.

To achieve our mission Social Value Aotearoa will co-ordinate a range of activities, including:

  • Hosting regular meetings and events to exchange ideas, best-practice and useful resources
  • Creating new tools, resources and running campaigns
  • Supporting and working with our members and providing networking opportunities for those  interested in this agenda
  • As a National Member Network of Social Value International, we are promoting an international  movement for increased equality within NZ communities.

Our 7 Principles


Involve stakeholders.


Understand what changes.


Value the outcomes that matter.


Only include what is material.


Do not over-claim.


Be transparent.


Verify the result.


Meet the team working behind the scenes to support the New Zealand member network and build a movement for change.


Whitney Nicolls-Potts

Social Impact Through Media

With a background in journalism and creative writing Whitney is passionate about promoting community-led social impact through media. She is interested in developing a shared language in the social value space led by storytelling.


Jo Nicholson


Jo brings 20 years experience in workforce development, tertiary teaching and management and implementing and embedding evaluative frameworks. She believes in leading by example and is passionate about preparing people to manage and react to change positively.


Kristin Fanselow

Fostering Change for Impact

Kristin brings 7 years experience and involvement in community development projects, both locally and internationally. She has a passion for developing sustainable community led initiatives that lead to meaningful impact.