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Getting started in business and need to know what help is out there? We've collected a directory of helpful links below on business topics to get you started — have a browse!

Useful for Wellington Businesses

  • Business.govt.nz
    Business.govt.nz makes it easier for small business in New Zealand to understand and comply with government, and succeed. They package content and advice from across government into tools and resources designed with small business in mind. The website is supported by Freephone 0800 424 946.
  • Discover Wellington
    This site should be your first port of call for information about Wellington City Council and Wellington City.
  • Wellington Towards 2040: Smart Capital
    News about innovative Wellingtonians in the arts, fashion, technology etc.
  • Maps
    Includes maps showing Wellington City attractions and accommodation providers, downtown Wellington, parking areas, suburbs and wards.
  • Grow Wellington
    Grow Wellington was formed under the Wellington Regional Strategy and is a Council Controlled Organisation, wholly-owned by Greater Wellington Regional Council. Its aim is to drive growth in exports, and to help create a strong and vibrant Wellington regional economy. They work with business, other business support organisations, local and central government agencies, education and research institutions, and international partners to ensure businesses can get fast, relevant support to help them become more successful.
  • Quality of life Survey (in New Zealand's biggest cities)
    A series of environmental, economic and social indicators measuring the quality of life in New Zealand's largest urban centres. The report was instigated in 1999 following concerns about the impacts of continuing growth and urbanisation on the wellbeing of communities. The site has recently added the Quality of life survey 2018.
  • Statistics NZ Wellington City information
  • Wellington Employers' Chamber of Commerce
    The Chamber takes on the roles of advocacy, policy and lobbying , provides networking opportunities, events, training, informing and mentoring.
  • Wellington City Council plans/policies/bylaws
    Links to both past and present WCC reports including Annual Reports, Annual Plans, and the District Plan.

'One Stop Shops'

  • Business Source Premier
    Would you like to view issues of the Harvard Business Review back to 1965? Or other top business magazines?

Associations and Organisations

New Zealand


  • Apec
    Apart from containing information about Apec, the site can be searched by topic, and publications and reports downloaded. Also included are individual economy reports (including key economic facts) from each of APEC's 21 member economies, and key website links for each country.
  • International Monetary Fund
  • OECD Online
    The OECD groups 30 member countries in an organisation that, most importantly, provides governments a setting in which to discuss, develop and perfect economic and social policy.
  • RAND Corporation
    A nonprofit research organization providing objective analysis and effective solutions that address the challenges facing the public and private sectors around the world. The Rand Review
    is published three times a year and can be searched by date, topic or keyword.
  • World Bank

Calculators, currency & mega-converters

  • Megaconverters
  • The Shape of Money
    A New Zealand site which aims to provide independent and unbiased personal financial information. Its calculators can be used for decision making on mortgages, savings, purchases etc.
  • Universal Currency Converter
    This site allows you to perform interactive foreign exchange rate calculations on the Internet, using live, up-to-the-minute currency rates.

Company information

  • European Business Directory
    Europages is a genuine European "yellow pages", bringing you a range of companies in 21 business sectors, searchable by product/service or company name. Europages is a specialized directory for small and medium-sized companies wishing to promote their products and services throughout the year. Save time when searching for companies, suppliers, service providers, manufacturers or other professionals in Europe and around the world. This B2B directory is free of charge and covers over 30 countries.
  • FastCompanies Database
    "Find information about the world's most interesting and innovative companies. Read stories about them from the pages of Fast Company magazine." Searchable by name, location, or industry.
  • Forbes
    Lists of top 100, 500 or 1000 companies in different categories, plus daily business news.
  • Fortune Magazine business profiles
  • GlobalEDGE company directories
    International company directories on the World Wide Web global business knowledge web-portal that connects international business professionals world wide to a wealth of information, insights, and learning resources on global business activities.
  • Hoovers Online
    Brief summaries of company activities with links. Financial data including recent annual and quarterly returns. Links to major competitors. Free to access - some services require subscription.

Conferences and further education

  • Australian graduate
    A comprehensive guide to university and college courses in Australia. Search by course or name of institution.
  • TSNN
    "A trade show, exhibition and exhibitor directory". You need to register to use the site, but registration is free.


  • E-commerce Guide (Business.govt.nz)
  • New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
    NZTE is New Zealand's international business development agency. Their role is to help New Zealand businesses grow bigger, better, faster in international markets. Their services cover specific aspects of trade and enterprise, business development, export services, business success and regional development, and includes services for businesses starting up, and at an early stage of development as well as services for businesses seeking to grow and internationalise: including new exporters, high growth businesses and other exporters. The website also provides access to New Zealand Trade & Enterprise related websites, and showcases New Zealand businesses, entrepreneurs and opportunities.

General Business Topics

Business research and writing

  • Business Writer's Free Library
    Writing letters or memos in the world of business is an acquired skill, and those beginning to learn about this process will appreciate this site, which was designed by the Authenticity Counseling Company.
  • HBS (Harvard Business School) working knowledge
    This site is a forum for innovation in business practice, offering readers a first look at cutting-edge thinking and the opportunity to both influence and use these concepts before they enter mainstream management practice.


  • Centre for Economic Performance
    The Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics and Political Science is one of the most prominent and established economic research groups in Europe. Their publications (including occasional papers, working papers, etc) can be browsed back to 1990, (many are available fulltext in pdf format).
  • Economic Development Association of New Zealand (EDANZ)
  • IDEAS (University of Connecticut - Dept. of Economics)
    This huge bibliographic database is dedicated to economics and is useful for public policy and finance issues as well as pure economics. It has a large searchable research database which can be browsed or searched, of which, over 110,000 items can be downloaded in full text.


Government / Legal / Patents

New Zealand

  • Business.govt.nz
    Business.govt.nz makes it easier for small business in New Zealand to understand and comply with government, and succeed. They package content and advice from across government into tools and resources designed with small business in mind. The website is supported by Freephone 0800 424 946.
  • ECOLEX: a Gateway to Environmental Law
    An international database of environmental law. You can search through treaties, national legislation, court decisions and/or journal literature. Links to the full text of any documents available free online.
  • Government Gazettes Online
    The official Government newspaper and authoritative journal of constitutional record, published since 1841
  • govt.nz - New Zealand government online
    Information and services provided by New Zealand government organisations, your local council and some community organisations. The portal links you directly to the relevant parts of government and council websites.
  • HowToLaw
    A great (& free!) self-help site, explained in plain language with hundreds of topics to choose from. Provides general legal information for New Zealanders.
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Enterprise
    The purpose of MBIE is to be a catalyst for a high-performing economy to ensure New Zealand's lasting prosperity and wellbeing.
  • Economic Development website
    This site contains information on a range of economic issues including information technology, energy, tourism, regulatory reform, and commerce.
  • New Zealand legislation
    This site provides free public access to New Zealand Legislation.
  • Inland Revenue Department - Tax information for people in business
    This site has been designed to help people meet the challenges of having their own new or existing business.
  • Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand
    Intellectual Property Office of New Zealand (IPONZ) registers trade marks, patents and designs.

Māori Business Links

  • Federation of Māori Authorities Inc (FoMA) Me Uru Kahikatea
    A portal for issues and matters relating to Māori economic development.
  • Mahi (employment)
    For Māori focused employment opportunities. As the site is independent of all recruitment consultancies, jobs are listed from a variety of sources.
  • Poutama Trust
    is a Charitable Trust set up in 1988 to provide business development services to Māori, and focuses particularly on the development of micro and small Māori businesses and encouraging an enterprise culture among young Māori.
  • Māori Business Facilitation Service
    This is the Te Puni Kokiri Māori Business Facilitation Service.
  • Toi Iho
    Toi Iho is a registered trade mark used to promote and sell authentic, quality Māori arts and crafts. The site has links to artists and licensed stockists.

Newspapers and Magazines

New Zealand

International worldwide resources

  • PressReader
    This shows current newspapers from around the world with the same layout on the screen as they have in print. Wellington City Library card required to access.
  • ABYZ News Links Portal
    A link to online news sources from around the world. It is primarily composed of newspapers but also includes many broadcast stations, internet services, magazines, and press agencies.

International Media Websites

Stock Exchanges & National Regulatory Bodies

Stock exchanges

National regulatory bodies

  • Australian Securities and Investment Commission
    The Australian Securities and Investments Commission enforces company and financial services laws to protect consumers, investors and creditors, and regulate and inform the public about Australian companies, financial markets, financial services organisations and professionals who deal and advise in investments, superannuation, insurance, deposit taking and credit. They also make information about companies and other bodies available to the public.
  • Companies House (United Kingdom)
    Manages the incorporation, re-registration and striking-off of companies; the registration of documents that must be filed under company, insolvency and related legislation, and the provision of company information to the public - for this purpose we enforce compliance with legal requirements.
  • New Zealand Companies Office
    For registering a new company, reserving a company name, filing certain company documents (including annual returns) and updating director and company address information online. Search the register for information on companies and other bodies including incorporated societies, the banned director database and the motor vehicle securities register.
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
    The SEC requires all public companies (except foreign companies and companies with less than $10 million in assets and 500 shareholders) to file registration statements, periodic reports, and other forms electronically through EDGAR. Anyone can access and download this information for free. Here you'll find links to a complete list of filings available through EDGAR and instructions for searching the EDGAR database.

Telephone Directories

  • Telephone directories.com
    Provides online phone books, with over 400 links to Yellow Pages, White Pages, Business Directories, Email Addresses and Fax Listings from over 170 countries all around the world.


  • World Time Server
    Search by country or major city (includes real time adjustments for Daylight Saving Time).
  • World Clock
    Easily find out when meetings will suit attendees across different time zones, shows adjustments for Daylight Saving Time also.

Trade / Industry & Country Information

  • Austrade - Australian Trade Commission
    Austrade provides export and international business services to Australian companies and international buyers in 94 locations world-wide.
  • Biz (business.govt.nz)
    This whole-of-government business portal provides New Zealand businesses with "an online business advisor". business.govt.nz provides information on helping businesses improve their skills and capacity as well as access to important regulatory information, including quick help with taxes, ACC, workplace safety and employing staff. The website is supported by freephone 0800 424 946.
  • Export.gov
    This comprehensive United States Government Export Portal provides access to a wide range of resources including country and industry market reports.
  • Infonation
    Infonation allows you to view and compare statistical data for all UN member states.
  • International Trade / Export-Import Portal
    Find trade leads, web resources, trade events and more. It is the official website of the Federation of International Trade Associations (FITA) and has links to over 3,000 international trade Web sites. The site aims to provide the most content-rich international trade site and to provide a comprehensive global trade shop featuring goods and services needed by those involved in international trade.
  • Market Research Portal
    The site gives free access to various industry information including research findings, articles written by industry professionals (including market research in general, qualitative research, quantitative research, survey methods, statistics and various others), career and job related information, book lists, up-to-date news etc.
  • New Zealand Trade and Enterprise
    New Zealand Trade and Enterprise was established on 1 July 2003 as a result of a merger between Trade New Zealand and Industry New Zealand. Formerly, Trade New Zealand was the Government's trade promotion agency and Industry New Zealand was the Government's economic development agency. Their services cover specific aspects of trade and enterprise, business development, export services, business success and regional development, and includes services for businesses starting up, and at an early stage of development as well as services for businesses seeking to grow and internationalise: including new exporters, high growth businesses and other exporters. The website also showcases New Zealand businesses, entrepreneurs and opportunities. At this site can be found links to pdf format.
  • industry reports and studies.
    These are listed by title.
  • OECD Economic Surveys
  • OECD New Zealand info
  • Statistics Indonesia
    Badan Pusat Statistik (BPS-Statistics Indonesia) is a non-departmental Indonesian government institution directly responsible to the Indonesian president and provides provide data to the government and the public. Areas covered include agriculture, consumer price indices, employment, energy, foreign trade, mining, population, public finance, tourism, and social welfare.
  • Thomas Register
    Comprehensive online resource for finding companies and products manufactured in North America.
  • World Bank/IFC Doing Business
    The Doing Business project provides objective measures of business regulations for local firms in 185 economies and selected cities at the subnational level.
  • World Trade Organization

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