Personal Finance & Budgeting
The information on this page is NOT designed to replace the advice that can be obtained from a finance professional and should NOT be regarded as professional advice. Wellington City Libraries will freely provide information about financial topics, however, we will not offer advice on financial issues.
Consumer magazine is a great resource for comparing products and finding out what you need to know about a product before you buy.
Did you know its contents are indexed each month by the National Library? This makes tracking down articles about a product you're interested in nice and simple - all you need to do is search the National Library's Index New Zealand database for your search terms, and you can find out what issues of Consumer have the helpful information you need.
We've gone one step further and made this process even easier - enter your search terms in the search box below, and you'll be taken straight into the results for your search on Consumer magazine in the database! (And if you prefer hard copy - remember, you can always access a paper index of Consumer magazine at the Science & Humanities desk on the 1st floor of the Central Library.)
Enter your search terms below - e.g. televisions - to find out which issues of Consumer can help you:
Make sure to note the issue information available in the "Source" column - this is the information you'll need to bring with you when you visit the library to view the actual article. Wondering where to find this? Handy screenshot below!
New Zealand'sfree independent money guide, run by the Retirement Commission. Use the straight forward information and calculators to help you manage your personal finances throughout life - including financial planning, retirement planning, managing debt and mortgages.
- Financial Markets Authority
The New Zealand Government agency responsible for financial regulation. It is responsible for consumer protection, regulating all financial market participants, exchanges and the setting and enforcing of financial regulations
Comprehensive and up to date information on interest rates and market commentaries for borrowing, savings, insurance and more.
- Good Returns
Rates and the latest news updated daily for mortgages, deposits, shares, Kiwisaver, insurance and more.
- Inland Revenue Department
Information on all aspects of tax, including tax returns, rebate claims and personal summaries. You can download forms and calcualate your tax online.
- New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Services
A free service for those who would like personal help with budgeting advice and assistance. Your local service is listed in your White Pages phonebook under 'Budget Advice Services'.
- Citizens Advice Bureau
An independent community organisation providing free assistance and information to the general public on a variety of topics, including help with financial services and consumer problems.
- Insolvency and Trustee Service
Find out about bankruptcy and liquidation and what your options are if you are in financial trouble, or dealing with someone else who may be. Also provides free searches of the insolvency database to confirm bankruptcies and liquidations.
- Banking Ombudsman
A free service that resolves disputes between people and their banks for all types of banking issues, including use of bank credit, debit and cash cards, and the sale of insurance, superannuation or similar products.
- Insurance and Savings Ombudsman
A free independent service for resolving complaints against insurance companies and savings organisations, including problems with claims and policies.
- Ministry of Consumer Affairs
Information, education and advice for consumers and businesses on consumer laws and issues. Also includes information about scams.
- Consumer NZ
An independent non-profit organisation with the sole aim of getting a fairer deal for New Zealand consumers. Publisher of Consumer NZ magazine, containing consumer information, advice and test reports for a wide range of products and services.
- Australian Consumer's Association
Australia's equivalent of Consumer NZ and publishers of Choice magazine.
Financial Industry Associations:
Searching the Catalogue
|Finance and investment terms||332.03|
|Increasing personal wealth||332.02401|
|Property investment and real estate||332.6324|
|Stockmarket and shares||332.6322|
|Women and personal finance (also in 332.024)||332.024042|
Please note: As well as the physical copies below, you can also access hundreds of current newspapers from around the world with our Press Display database. Check the business and finance pages as they are displayed on screen, complete with the same layout as in print - including photographs, graphics and even advertisements. Papers are kept for up to 60 days and pages can be printed or emailed.
Physical copies are held for 3 months at Central Library of:
Please note: You can also access thousands of articles from magazines and journals with your library card using our mygateway.info databases. It's just like having another whole library, but it's all available 24/7 at your fingertips anywhere you have internet access.
This page is written and maintained by Rebecca. My aim is to keep you informed about personal finance & budgeting resources at the library and to highlight parts of the collection which may interest you. I'd be pleased to hear from you about this page - you can email me with any feedback.