Community Profile – Andrew Weaver

Andrew has been a long standing supporting of Inspiring Stories #Legend


Andrew has been a long standing champion and supporter of Inspiring Stories – originally becoming a mentor for young social entrepreneurs as part of our accelerator programme. . Andrew now volunteers his time on a regular basis, opening doors and supporting on strategy. #Legend

Within our community we have a diverse community of New Zealanders who are passionate about creating change and equipping the next generation of kiwi's to change the world. Join us. 

Tell us Andrew, what do you do for a living? 

I do a lot of work in fraud prevention and in banking technology. I’m currently working with some local banks and public sector organisations. I get a lot of my work through people I’ve met over time - and interestingly I ended up working for one NZ agency via a bank in Oman (true story! You can ask me if you’re interested)

How did you get engaged with Inspiring Stories?

I attended a meetup run by Akina foundation a couple of years ago, and one of the Inspiring Stories team was there talking about the Live the Dream programme and looking for mentors. I did that and have never looked back!

What are you most passionate about and what are you doing with your passion? 

My passion is working with courageous people who want to make a difference in the world. I love to help them do just that through whatever support, connections and ideas I can provide.


What was your highlight attending Festival for the Future?

If I had to pick one… this year it was the Wellbeing panel on Sunday. Josiah Tualamali’i did an incredible job facilitating a heavy topic, and he and his fellow panelists were able to shine some positive light on an emerging and important issue.

How can we better equip young New Zealanders? 

By backing them to do good things.  Trusting them with our collective problems and issues, and letting their combined passion and creativity ignite positive and long-lasting change.

Any hot tips or words of wisdom?

There are lots of people with great ideas and energy, so look for connection and synergy.  We can achieve so much more collectively by looking outside your own back yard for ideas, inspiration, help and encouragement.