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New Zealand resources and contacts


  • BNI
    A business and professional networking organisation that allows only one person from each profession to join any chapter.
  • Business Mentors NZ
    If you employ less than 25 people and your business is more than 12 months old, you are eligible for a business mentor.
  • Career Mum
    CareerMum is a NZ social enterprise focused on driving positive solutions to workplace challenges faced by mums. It has some great resources and articles.
  • Chrysalis for Women
    A Wellington-based business network group for women in small to medium sized businesses. Also offers a 12-month workbook 'Your Business Journey'. The Principal is Kim Chamberlain - an author of books and e-books on communication skills, personal development, brain training and language exercises; an international conference speaker; and coordinator of women's business network groups.
  • CO.of women
    A nationwide business organisation for female entrepreneurs.
  • Dress For Success
    Provides interview suits, confidence boosts and career development to more than 30,000 women in over 70 cities internationally each year. Dress for Success is a not-for-profit organization which helps low-income women make tailored transitions into the workforce. They are always looking for women interested in helping in a variety of ways including repairing garments and fundraising.
  • GirlBoss
    The mission of GirlBoss New Zealand is to inspire, empower and equip New Zealand girls to develop their STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Maths), leadership and entrepreneurial skills in order to become the change makers of the future.
  • Iwahine
    Boutique wahine Maori business advisory and consulting service
  • Maori Business Facilitation Service
    This is a free business development service for Maori interested in starting up a business or wanting to improve an existing business. The service is for commercial opportunities only, and targets small to medium-sized businesses. It operates from the Te Puni Kokiri and Maori Trust Office regional offices. Here is a link to an article about them Female Maori entrepreneurs flourishing
  • Maori Women's Development Inc
    MWDI was formed in 1987 with the assistance of Ministerial action and the goodwill of the National Council for Maori Women's Welfare League Inc to meet business, employment and financial demands. They provide loans of up to $20,000 to help Maori women start or expand businesses It aims to encourage Maori women and men into business as well as building a network of Maori in business.
  • New Zealand Federation of Business & Professional Women Inc
    BPW NZ promotes equity for all women in the workplace through advocacy, education and information, and has 31 branches throughout New Zealand.
  • Pacific Business Trust
    Set up in Auckland in 1985 , the Trust has now established a centre in Wellington. A Charitable Trust, their mandate is to grow Pacific businesses into sustainable, viable and commercially successful enterprises.
  • Venus Network
    A nationwide business referral community designed for women who are serious about growing their business, their networks and themselves. There is a Wellington network.
  • She owns it
    Provides mentoring, community and workshops to women to develop your skill sets, self belief and brand. .
  • Women on Boards (Min. of Women's Affairs)
    The Nominations Service aims to increase the number of women leaders and decision-makers on state sector governance boards and committees.

Articles freely available online

International contacts and resources

  • Catalyst
    Catalyst is a non-profit organization working to advance women in business and the professions. This research organization has systematically tracked women's progress in the workplace and publishes this information on the web site.
  • Catalyzing
    Catalyzing is the Catalyst blog, bringing together and amplifying diverse voices that share Catalyst 's mission to expand opportunities for women and business
  • Digital.com
    Build, Grow, and Finance Your Business: Resources for Women-Owned Small Businesses - Although USA focused, the site has links to useful resources.
  • GEM 2017/2018 Women's Report
  • WomanOwned
    Tools and resources for businesswomen, including business plans, start up information, funding resources, and other tools.

Library resources

(Make sure to first check Small Business Page with links and resources.)


Articles available via our online magazines

The articles below which have links are from the EBSCO database, part of mygateway.info and can be accessed fulltext online. If you have not accessed Ebsco within the last thirty days, you need to login here first.

The changing face of business ownership.
Source: NZ Business + Management. Mar2017, Vol. 31 Issue 2, p36-37.
Abstract: The article discusses the growing number of women small business owners in New Zealand, and looks at the importance of them seeking financial assistance and knowledge from business mentors as well as a range of other topics.

The Rise of Female Franchises
Author: Frieswick, Kris
Source: Entrepreneur. Mar2018, Vol. 46 Issue 2, p66-71.
Abstract: The International Franchise Association outlines some factors why women engage in franchising and discusses the increasing number of women becoming interested in franchise ownership.

Teachings from a high-achiever
Author: Baker, Glenn
Source: NZ Business February 2018, Vol. 30 Issue 4, p19-21
Abstract: Talks to SAASAM founder and CEO Heather McEwen about her successful career in the IT industry. Explains how it all began, women in the IT industry, and attracting new business..

Women Under 30 Are Leading The Pack In Entrepreneurship And Innovation
Authors: Howard, Caroline
Source: Forbes.com. 1/31/2017. (1p)
Abstract: The article reports on female innovators under the age of 30 who are rewriting the rules and overcoming the odds. Young women are said to be leading the pack in creativity, invention and entrepreneurship. Sallie Krawcheck, cofounder-chief executive officer of Ellevest, says now is the time for the forces of entrepreneurialism and feminism to collide. .

Leadership through the generations: The importance of mentoring. (NZ story)
Source: CIO.14 December 2017, p9.
Abstract: The article focuses on the lack of mentors and representations for female business leaders in tech industries of New Zealand. Topics discussed include challenges faced by women employees in careers and promotions, efforts of the organization NZTech Women by forming the Mentoring Circle program, and need for paving a way for the future generations .

They had game-changing ideas. They took on entrenched industries. They persisted. (cover story)
Authors: Henry, Zoe et al
Source: Inc.. Oct2017, Vol. 39 Issue 8, p72-78
Abstract: The article provides information regarding some of the women who are seen to be among the most innovative businesswomen. Included are Polina Raygorodskaya of engineering company Wanderu, Katrina Lake of fashion retailer Stitch Fix, and Stina Ehrensvard of security solution provider Yubico. It also provides information on how the women became successful.


Syndetics book coverCowgirl power : how to kick ass in business and life / Gay Gaddis.
"Kick Ass Your Way. As the owner of one of the largest woman-owned advertising agencies in the U.S., Gay Gaddis knows a thing or two about empowerment. Gay's insights are rooted in the spirited strength of the real cowgirl heroines of the 1920s and '30s-gutsy risk -takers in everything they did. In Cowgirl Power, these cowgirls are celebrated as a metaphor for the power we all have to achieve far more than we think.
Whether your goal is to start a family, own a business, advance your career, organize community outreach, or run for office, it all comes down to power: knowing how to develop it and not being afraid to take it when it comes your way.
Gay's book and Cowgirl Power Toolkit will help you blaze a path to success, on your terms: Taking responsibility for yourself Building your own competence Finding your assertiveness Designing your own life Building a kick-ass culture Recognizing good ideas Becoming a fearless leader Cowgirl Power is not about changing you. You are just fine. It's about understanding your strengths, building on them, and unlocking your power to kick ass-your way." (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverBeyond the label : women, leadership, and success on our own terms / Maureen Chiquet.
" The former global CEO of Chanel charts her unlikely path from literature major to global chief executive, guiding readers to move beyond the confines of staid expectations and discover their own true paths, strengths, and leadership values. Driven. Shy. Leader. Wife. Mother. We live in a world of categories -- labels designed to tell the world, and ourselves, who we are and ought to be. Some we may covet, others we may fear or disdain; but creating a life that's truly your own, means learning to define yourself on your own terms. In Beyond the Label, Maureen Chiquet charts her unlikely path from literature major to global chief executive. Sharing the inklings, risks and (re)defining moments that have shaped her exemplary career, Chiquet seeks to inspire a new generation of women, liberal arts grads, and unconventional thinkers to cultivate a way of living and leading that is all their own.

Through vivid storytelling and provocative insights, Chiquet guides readers to consider the pressing questions and inherent paradoxes of creating a successful, fulfilling life in today's increasingly complex and competitive world. Why should we separate art from business, feelings from logic, intuition from judgment?" Chiquet poses. "Who decided you can't be determined and flexible, introspective and attuned, mother and top executive? And where does it state standing unflinchingly in your vulnerability, embracing your femininity, won't make you stronger?" Wise, inspiring, and deeply felt, Beyond the Label is for anyone who longs for a life without limits on who she is or who she will become."(Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWin win : when business works for women, it works for everyone / Joanne Lipman.
" A FINANCIAL TIMES BUSINESS BOOK OF THE MONTH 'Urgently needed' Charles Duhigg, bestselling author of THE POWER OF HABIT and SMARTER 'Attention, good guys: this book is for you' Adam Grant, bestselling author of ORIGINALS and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg 'I know what you're thinking: 'Not another career guide-cum-manifesto, telling us to "woman up" and demand more money.' But that isn't what Lipman says. Instead, she uses data, reams of it, to expose how the system is rigged against women. She then calls for men to join the fight to make the workplace more equal' SUNDAY TIMES STYLE MAGAZINE . Women spend their working lives adapting to an environment set up for men, by men: from altering the way they speak to changing the clothes they wear to power posing. But still the gender gap persists. And once you see it - women being overlooked, interrupted, their ideas credited to men - it's impossible to ignore. But it needn't be this way. Diving deep into the wide range of government initiatives, corporate experiments and social science research Joanne Lipman offers fascinating new revelations about the way men and women work culled from the Enron scandal, from brain research, from transgender scientists and from Iceland's campaign to 'feminise' an entire nation. Packed with fascinating and entertaining examples - from the woman behind the success of Tupperware to how Google reinvented its hiring process - WIN WIN is a rallying cry to both men and women to finally take real steps towards closing the gender gap. Published in the US as THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID." (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPurpose : find your why and the how will look after itself / Lisa Messenger.
"Imagine if you could wake up every morning feeling energised, vibrant and excited for the work day ahead of you. If you could accept every challenge, hurdle and setback because you knew the end goal would be worth it. If you could walk your career path with courage, faith and determination. Because you know, without a doubt, that you're going in the right direction. This is what happens when you find your PURPOSE. And that is exactly what I want for you. As the founder of Collective Hub, a multimedia platform that aims to help people unleash their full potential, Lisa Messenger has turned her passion into a profession - and now she's on a mission to help millions of people across the world find a career with meaning. Her secret? Instead of settling for a play-it-safe career, she delved deep, thought big and disrupted an entire industry. And all because she discovered the magical feeling, the vital reason, the one powerful sentence that made her work-life worth living. Now, it's your turn. In this soul-searching book Lisa discusses her own path to purpose, mixed with guidance and interviews from inspiring entrepreneurs and creatives who have followed their 'why' to a place of joy and fulfilment. Drawing on her own experiences and ground-breaking research that shows a sense of purpose makes us happier, healthier and even live longer, Lisa guides readers to find the illusive 'why' in their lives, so they can reinvigorate their ambition, unleash their inner rebel and make a real impact in the world. Whether you're a new graduate, a veteran entrepreneur, a parent making a career comeback or an employee tired of working on autopilot, this book is a must-read for anyone who spends their lives making excuses, blaming others or wishing they could have a career that makes a difference. The average person spends over 90,000 hours at work in their lifetime. Do you want to get to the end of your work-life and wonder why?" (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverLeaders like you : New Zealand leaders share stories of courage, failure and commitment / copy, interviews & editing, Nick Sceats and Andrea Thompson ; portraits, Bonny Beattie.
"Through candid interviews, Leaders Like You reveals what makes New Zealand leaders tick. Indoing so it debunks many myths about leadership, not the least being that leaders are super heroes. Leaders Like You shows that leaders are everyday Kiwis." (Syndetics summary)

Last updated April 2018

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