Want access to NZ wide (and international) newspapers?

WCL’s PressReader database provides same day access to full-page replicas of newspapers & magazines from NZ and around the world in 60+ languages.

How do I access PressReader?

To read PressReader newspapers, you will need your library barcode number and your PIN.

In the browser:

  1. Open your browser and visit the PressReader website
  2. You’ll need to log in with your library card details so it can create your PressReader account:
    1. Click ‘Sign in’ in the top right-hand corner
    2. Click on the ‘Library and Group’ button
    3. In the ‘Select Library’ box that pops up, search for ‘Wellington City Libraries’ > Click on our Library logo to select this as your library
    4. Enter your Library card number, and your ‘PIN’, and click the ‘Sign in’ button
    5. When prompted to set up an account, enter your details so that you can save favourite newspapers and magazines. Alternatively you can choose “No Thanks” and not set up an account.

If you need more information please contact the Prosearch team at the library.  We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources.  All enquiries are treated in confidence

Meri Kirihimete

Wishing all our readers a safe and happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

Wellington City Libraries’ branches will be closed for the designated public holidays but open at other times.  You can check opening hours for your nearest branch here

If you want information about any of the library services on offer you’ll find links to information about borrowing, our collection, changing a PIN, library services for children, policy information and more right here

Through our eLibrary you are able to access eMedia with your Library Card — eBooks, streaming film, eMagazines, eNewspapers, digital storytimes and more any time of the day or night.  And don’t forget our Research databases — comprising more than 60 additional premium resources.

If you need further business information, or assistance with locating a particular piece of information then place a request through Prosearch, WCL’s professional research service.  We will be taking a break 24 December through to 5 January and therefore unable to undertake any urgent research.  Otherwise enquires will be dealt with from 5 January onwards.

Makerspace at Wellington City Libraries

What’s a Makerspace and why would it be of interest to someone with a business idea?

If you have a business idea and need specialist equipment to assist the development of a prototype then it’s possible the team at the Hive, the library makerspace can help.

Wikipedia defines a library makerspace as  “… an area and/or service that offers library patrons an opportunity to create intellectual and physical materials using resources such as computers, 3-D printers, audio and video capture and editing tools, and traditional arts and crafts supplies.”

At the Waitohi hub (Johnsonville) WCL offers a makerspace in the form of Tūhura, the HIVE – the only one across the library network.

Tūhura HIVE is our makerspace and sound studio, located on the lower ground floor of Johnsonville Library at the Waitohi Community Hub. It is a community space where people of all ages can explore, create, innovate and engage with all kinds of maker technology.

From 3D printing, audio recording, coding, robotics and electronics, to sewing, weaving and more, we offer endless opportunities for everyone to get inspired and create.

Learn more here

Watch a video about the services offered at Tūhura HIVE 

Read Jamie’s blog here


Setting up an rss feed

Did you know that by setting up an RSS feed you can have these business blog updates drop directly into your email box?

If you look to the right of the WCL Business home page   you will see
Business Blog  All posts >>

Subscribe to the blog rss feed

If you click on the above link you will be taken to a page of code.

If you use Microsoft Outlook as your email you can follow the instructions here  to help set up having the updates delivered to a folder in your email.

If you need more information please contact the Prosearch team at the library.  We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources.  All enquiries are treated in confidence.


Building a business plan

Starting, and running, a business is hard.

The more planning before investing in a startup business means the more successful you will be (and the less the financial risk).

Among the online business resources and tools offered by the library is

Business: Plan Builder (Gale)

A step-by-step planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or nonprofit. The program will walk you through five areas of exploration to develop a business plan.

You’ll need to be a registered library user to access this tool then you will need to create an account to save your progress (Secure and not viewable to other users).

There are plan templates for New entrepreneurs, Experienced business owners and Nonprofits.

Why use these templates?

They offer a step-by-step approach to designing a business plan that can be tailored to your personal business journey.

The starting point of Entrepreneur Profile asks seven thought-provoking questions intended to make sure you’re ready to take the leap into owning your own business. It’s meant to guide your thinking as you reflect on whether entrepreneurship is a good fit with your interests, skills, and life circumstances. If you’ve already started a business, this profile can provide deeper insight into how you and your organization affect each other.

As you plan your business, a portfolio of your foundational documents will build in the sections below so you can easily view your progress and the work you’ve done. You can also download or email key elements of your “Build Your Foundation” documents directly from this page.

If you require more information please contact the Prosearch team at the library.  We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources.  All enquiries are treated in confidence.

Giving a presentation

In the early days of running a Not-For-Profit (NFP) I was invited to give an evening presentation to a large group.  Before I had begun a gentleman in the front row had fallen asleep and was softly snoring!  Most off-putting to a beginner presenter.

Also off-putting is the advice someone always trots out before a group presentation “Just picture them naked”.  No thanks!

Standing in front of a group of people and presenting on a topic, even ones we are passionate and knowledgeable about, can be a nerve wracking experience.  Even more so if you are not an overtly confident and outgoing personality.

Now in these days of Covid uncertainty, reduced travel and meeting sizes – there is the added pressure of having to present online rather than to a room of people.

Below is a listing of some resources – available via your WCL membership –  on how to present with confidence and nail that presentation in a professional manner.

Develop your presentation skills : how to inspire and inform with clarity and confidence By Theo Theobald (2019)

Gain essential skills for career development, improve your confidence and nail your presentations with this pocket guide to preparing and delivering them well.

How to run seminars and workshops : presentation skills for consultants, trainers, teachers, and salespeople by Robert L Jolles (2017)  EBook

 How to Run Seminars and Workshops is the classic guide for trainers and presenters in any industry. Packed with clear advice and real-world practicality, this book covers all aspects including planning, setup, delivery, coaching, and more—including valuable guidance on selling your services. This new Fourth Edition has been updated and expanded, with new information on training simulations, self-marketing, and online delivery. New templates and worksheets help you sell your presentation more effectively, and insider tips leave you equipped to handle any situation that might arise. Novice presenters will find extensive guidance for every phase of the process, and even veteran presenters will learn how to fine-tune and adjust their methods to suit their audience and mode of delivery.

Mastering presentations : be the undisputed expert when you deliver presentations (even if you feel like you’re going to throw up) by Doug Staneart (2013)

Mastering Presentations explains how entrepreneurs and small business owners can use guest speaking opportunities to generate rapport with audiences in order to foster business relationships with these audiences.

Ultimate presentations : master the art of giving fantastic presentations and wowing employers by Surti Jay (2018)

Perfect your presentation skills and leave lasting impressions on prospective employers with this practical, up-to-date guide.

Online via Linkedin learning available through the Library e-resources (access available with library registration)

Creating and Giving Business Presentations

Learn the fundamentals of preparing for and delivering a compelling business presentation.

How to Present and Stay on Point

Discover the basic elements of delivering a great presentation and staying on message.

Designing a Presentation (2019)

Learn from a graphic designer how to create the very best, most visually appealing presentations

University of Melbourne, Australia has a neat guideline to Presenting online aimed at students but just as relevant for anyone having to present via an online format.

If you need more information please contact the Prosearch team at the library.  We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources.  All enquiries are treated in confidence.


Leadership wisdom

A number of new autobiographies have been published recently, in which business leaders share their insights.

From New Zealand there is :

Mana whakatipu : Ngāi Tahu leader Mark Solomon on leadership and life / Solomon, Mark
“In 1998, just as South Island iwi Ngāi Tahu was about to sign its Treaty of Waitangi settlement with the government — justice of sorts after seven generations of seeking redress — a former foundryman stepped into the pivotal role of kaiwhakahaere or chair of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, the tribal council of Ngāi Tahu, Mark Solomon stood at the head of his iwi at a pivotal moment and can be credited with the astute stewardship of the settlement that has today made Ngāi Tahu a major player in the economy and given it long sought-after self determination for the affairs of its own people. Bold, energetic and visionary, for 18 years Solomon forged a courageous and determined course, bringing a uniquely Māori approach to a range of issues. Now, in this direct memoir, Tā Mark reflects on his life, on the people who influenced him, on what it means to lead, and on the future for both Ngāi Tahu and Aotearoa New Zealand.”–Publisher information.” (Catalogue)

Also available as an e-book

From an influential American CEO comes :

Hot seat : hard-won lessons in challenging times / Immelt, Jeff
“A memoir of successful leadership in times of crisis: the former CEO of General Electric, named one of the “World’s Best CEOs” three times by Barron’s, shares the hard-won lessons he learned from his experience leading GE immediately after 9/11, through the economic devastation of the 2008-09 financial crisis, and into an increasingly globalized world. In September 2001, Jeff Immelt replaced the most famous CEO in history, Jack Welch, at the helm of General Electric. Less than a week into his tenure, the 9/11 terrorist attacks shook the nation, and the company, to its core. GE was connected to nearly every part of the tragedy — GE-financed planes powered by GE-manufactured engines had just destroyed real estate that was insured by GE-issued policies. Facing an unprecedented situation, Immelt knew his response would set the tone for businesses everywhere that looked to GE – one of America’s biggest and most-heralded corporations – for direction. No pressure. Over the next sixteen years, Immelt would lead GE through many more dire moments, from the 2008-09 Global Financial Crisis to the 2011 meltdown of Fukushima’s nuclear reactors, which were designed by GE. But Immelt’s biggest challenge was inherited: Welch had handed over a company that had great people, but was short on innovation. Immelt set out to change GE’s focus by making it more global, more rooted in technology, and more diverse. But the stock market rarely rewarded his efforts, and GE struggled. In Hot Seat, Immelt offers a rigorous, candid interrogation of himself and his tenure, detailing for the first time his proudest moments and his biggest mistakes. The most crucial component of leadership, he writes, is the willingness to make decisions. But knowing what to do is a thousand times easier than knowing when to do it. Perseverance, combined with clear communication, can ensure progress, if not perfection, he says. That won’t protect any CEO from second-guessing, but Immelt explains how he’s pushed through even the most withering criticism: by staying focused on his team and the goals they tried to achieve. As the business world continues to be rocked by stunning economic upheaval, Hot Seat is an urgently needed, and unusually raw, source of authoritative guidance for decisive leadership in uncertain times.” (Catalogue)

Nintendo’s legendary CEO offers up these words :

Ask Iwata : words of wisdom from Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s legendary CEO / Iwata, Satoru
“Satoru Iwata was the global president and CEO of Nintendo and a gifted programmer who played a key role in the creation of many of the world’s best-known games. He led the production of innovative platforms such as the Nintendo DS and the Wii, and laid the groundwork for the development of the wildly successful Pokemon Go game and the Nintendo Switch. Known for his analytical and imaginative mind, but even more for his humility and people-first approach to leadership, Satoru Iwata was beloved by game fans and developers worldwide. In this motivational collection, Satoru Iwata addresses diverse subjects such as locating bottlenecks, how success breeds resistance to change, and why programmers should never say no. Drawn from the “Iwata Asks” series of interviews with key contributors to Nintendo games and hardware, and featuring conversations with renowned Mario franchise creator Shigeru Miyamoto and creator of EarthBound Shigesato Itoi, Ask Iwata offers game fans and business leaders an insight into the leadership, development, and design philosophies of one of the most beloved figures in gaming history. –adapted from book jacket flap.” (Catalogue)

If you need more information please contact the Prosearch team at the library. We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources. All enquiries are treated in confidence.

Interlibrary loans

Can’t find what you need in the Wellington City Libraries collection? We provide an inter-library loan (interloan) service that allows you to access material held in other libraries in New Zealand or overseas.

  • Anyone with a current library card can request an interloan
  • Books, articles, theses, music scores, audio-visual material, car manuals and more can all be requested
  • At this time, eBooks and eAudiobooks cannot be interloaned
  • Remember that we rely on supplying libraries as well as the postal service for all interloans — we cannot guarantee delivery, although we do our best
    Learn more here

Kids and business : encouraging the young entrepreneur

Last week the posts focused on the older demographic in the workplace.  Today, because it’s still school holidays, its a good time to encourage the kids’ creativity and entrepreneurial skill set.

Does Miss 14 see her career path including making millions as a Tiktok influencer?  Is Mister 10 talking about ways to make money to upgrade his playstation?  Seize the opportunity to harness that energy and get the kids learning about how to run a business.

WCL has a collection of books aimed at the children and young adult demographic that will provide them with money making ideas as well as teaching how to develop and market their product.  It’s never too soon to be entrepreneurial.

For the younger members of the family who keen on cooking check out :

How to make money from cooking and baking / Storey, Rita
“Do you have a fantastic business idea but don’t know where to start? Or perhaps you love cooking and baking and want to make some money from something you enjoy doing. This book is a fantastic guide containing all the tips and tricks you need to your cooker into a profitable enterprise and become a young entrepreneur (a Kidpreneur!). Sample areas covered include: designing brand images, conducting market research, writing a business plan and understanding restrictions and the law. If you simply want to make some money for charity there’s a guide to this area as well. There is a strong emphasis on how to keep safe and what dangers to be aware of, for example in dealing with people in your money-making enterprise. It is part of the How to Make Money series – books that turn young people into young entrepreneurs, whether they’re into cooking, computers, upcycling or simply using their spare time profitably! (Publisher’s website)” (Catalogue)

Kid start-up : how you can be an entrepreneur / Cuban, Mark
“The stars of ABC’s Shark tank explain how a kid can discover a great business idea and get it off the ground.” (Catalogue)




For some inspiration from those who have been there and done that have a look at :

Brilliant businesskids : young entrepreneurs with global ambitions / Burston, Jo
“This book follow the stories of young entrepreneurs from around the globe who have grown their Simple Ideas into businesses and social enterprises that span their own countries, and even The World. Eleven incredibly talented young founders describe in their own words the challenges and opportunities they faced designing, launching and marketing their products, and driving change through their social initiatives. They explain their journey from startup, revealing how their entrepreneurial journey has shaped them personally. This book shows that by encouraging children and teenagers to start businesses and social enterprises when they’re still at school, teachers and parents can equip them with business skills and practical knowledge that could stay with them for life. For children and teenagers globally, who dream of turning their entrepreneurial ideas into reality, this book is designed and illustrated especially for you! It’s packed with insights from kids who dared to believe in themselves. If these Brilliant BusinessKids can do it, then so can you!” (Catalogue)

For the older age group there is inspiration to be found in Henry Patterson’s book

Young and mighty : your secret weapon for earning some money, changing the world, and spending your future doing what you love / Patterson, Henry
“You can turn your passion into more than just a hobby. When he was 9 years old, Henry Patterson (now aged 14) turned his sweet stall into a story book and children’s brand, which led to an international business that took him around the world, meeting fantastic people along the way – including Sir Richard Branson and the co-founder of Instagram, Mike Krieger. In Young and Mighty, Henry not only shows how to start your own business at any age, he also shares 30 tried-and-tested ways to earn some money right now, as well as 20 fun methods for fundraising for causes that matter to you. Young and Mighty is for those who want to find what makes them tick, for those who want to change the world, for those who just want to have fun. Grab it and go make your unique mark on the world!” (Catalogue)

Although an older publication there is still good advice to be found in

The young New Zealander’s guide to entrepreneurship / Hunter, Ian
“… an inspirational and practical guide to starting your own business. Fully endorsed by the Young Enterprise Scheme, the book is filled with great advice from winning teams, business mentors and hot tips from some of New Zealand’s leading business people” — Cover.” (Catalogue)

And remember the Prosearch team doesn’t have an age limit for customers.

If you need more information please contact the Prosearch team at the library. We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources. Or call 021 596 274

New Zealand Chinese Language Week.

September 26 – Oct 2 is New Zealand Chinese Language Week.

The Asia NZ Foundation describes NZCLW as

a Kiwi-driven initiative designed to increase Chinese language learning in New Zealand.

NZCLW seeks to bridge the cultural and linguistic knowledge gap between China and New Zealand by delivering fun and practical initiatives that assist Kiwis to learn Chinese

 They offer some online resources aimed mainly at school students and teachers but many of the videos are of interest to anyone who does business in China.

So why learn Mandarin Chinese?  New research from the McKinsey Global Institute states that

China offers a $5 trillion consumption growth opportunity over the next decade

That’s a lot of business and one Wellington businesses could be getting a slice of.

If you have a product that could appeal to the Chinese market a new opportunity has recently been released with the establishment of the Kiwiso store as a unique way of presenting New Zealand brands to the Chinese market.

NZ Trade and Enterprise offers a free Intro to China overview and make many more resources available after signing up to access their portal.

Returning to Asia NZ Foundation and a recent interview with Richard Dunsheath, New Zealand’s trade commissioner to Shanghai, discusses how the Covid pandemic has impacted Chinese consumer behaviour and New Zealand businesses operating there.

If you are thinking of unlocking some of business opportunities offered by the Chinese market then kick off your learning of the language with some of the resources available through WCL

Unlocking Mandarin Chinese with Paul Noble (2021)

By Noble, Paul

Ever tried to learn Mandarin Chinese and found it too hard? Bestselling language coach Paul Noble has a quick and easy way to get you back on track with his unique tried-and-tested method.

Mandarin Chinese for beginners : learning conversational Chinese (2018)  By Ren, Yi

Chinese is fascinating and learnable, and this friendly approach to the basics helps you understand the language by comparing and contrasting it with something you already know: English. This book is for people who want a grasp of how to speak and understand Chinese–for business, for pleasure, or for travel. Chinese for Beginners abounds with extra touches that are tried and true, drawn from the authors’ years of teaching.

Mango Languages – accessible with your WCL registration card – gives you access to
an online language-learning system for Mandarin Chinese as well as Cantonese Chinese.

And finally, The National Library is offering an online talk on Thursday 30 September 12.10pm to 1:00pm

Historian Nigel Murphy will give a talk about New Zealand Chinese naming conventions especially business and personal names.  You can learn more about what promises to be an interesting topic and register for it here