News in brief

Over the past few weeks a number of reports and news items have been released that readers may not be aware of.  Below are brief summaries of some.

Sustainable Business
This week The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) launched the online Circular Economy Directory

Described as “A first of its kind, the Circular Economy Directory will assist businesses to transition to a circular economy model where products and materials are designed to reduce waste and carbon emissions by keeping existing products in circulation for longer”.

You can access the Circular Economy Directory here and the SBN’s press release here

For those in hospitality Auckland University of Technology (AUT) recently released a report, Voices From the Front Line.

The “research looks at workplace practices in the hospitality industry and gives recommendations to improve working conditions”.

The press release can be found here and a pdf copy of Voices From The Front Line can be downloaded here  

Venture capital
Are you a female entrepreneur looking to raise capital for a start up or expansion of your business? Icehouse Ventures, through ArcAngels Fund is raising $20m through investment to finance woman-led business startups. 

A 2021 University of Auckland study reveals several hurdles facing women founders raising capital in New Zealand, and ArcAngels manager Lauren Fong says ArcAngels Fund II and its wider community of supporters are aiming to address some of these barriers and make funding more accessible to women”.

Read the press release here or learn more about applying for funding from ArcAngels investors here.

Work trends
Microsoft recently released their Work Trends Index 2022 which includes survey data from New Zealand along with input from 30 other countries. Unsurprisingly the survey found that workplaces, and workers, are not the same as they were in the early months of 2020.

Great Expectations: Making Hybrid Work Work identified five trends business leaders need to be aware of and consider : 
Employees have a new “worth it” equation.
Managers feel wedged between leadership and employee expectations.
Leaders need to make the office worth the commute.
Flexible work doesn’t have to mean “always on.”
Rebuilding social capital looks different in a hybrid world.

Read the report here and the press release here 

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Māori Women’s Development Inc – business assistance available

If you are a Māori woman starting or growing a business then you may be interested in some of the assistance offered by the MWDI. 

A Trust overseen by members of the Māori Women’s Welfare League, Wellington based MWDI is “.. governed, managed and operated by Wāhine Māori, for the economic development of Wāhine Māori and their whānau”.


If you are interested in applying for a loan to set up or develop a business idea visit the MWDI websiteApplications need to be submitted no later than Tuesday, 25 January 2022.

For young women considering going into business there is an entrepreneurial business programme on offer :
… MWDI Hei Ō Ranga for Kura Kaupapa Māori. The first of its kind in Aotearoa.

This program has been designed based on Te Ao Pakihi me ona tikanga and the framework principals of Te Aho Matua. It is an inspiring, innovative and full immersion 1-day business program delivered by rangatahi facilitators. This program is aimed at wharekura and rangatahi between the ages of 13-18 years old.

You can learn more about this programme here.

Women in trades

Currently, women make up only 13 percent of all employees in the New Zealand construction industry.

According to a new survey, employers are keen to hire more women, but they need support to do it.

It seems a good fit – with more than 20,000 woman estimated to have lost their jobs last year due to the impact of Covid on different sectors and New Zealand trades suffering a skill and labour shortage, how could more women be encouraged into the trades and the trades be supported to employ and train women?

In this article Fiona Clark notes that employing more women in the trades is, simply, good for business.

Residential clients, in particular, enjoy having female tradies on site, and women often report they feel more comfortable having them in the house.

However, being a woman in a traditionally male dominated trade can bring challenges.  Advice and support for employees and employers can be found in the Women in Trades collective

Women in Trades (WIT) is a not-for-profit that promotes trades and trades training as a viable career option to women and employers.

If you are a woman looking for a job in the trades or a tradie seeking a woman for role then check out the TradeCareers pilot programme where we connect tradies ready to work with women and women ready to work with tradies. 

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.

Women in business

Recent research from Statistics New Zealand found More Women Taking Up Self-employment
“The number of self-employed women without employees increased almost 14 percent to 143,500 in the year to March 2021”.

However Only one in five of the country’s high growth startups have at least one woman in their founding team, data from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment shows.

Electrify Aotearoa is an all-day national conference taking place in Christchurch, October 14. Spearheaded by Ministry of Awesome and Blackbird Ventures, the event brings together Aotearoa’s leading founders, aspiring entrepreneurs, and early-stage startups for a day of inspiration, strategy, and connection.

If you require more information on this topic please contact our team via email  or on 021 596 274