Booksellers NZ has made its latest venture to supporting writers in the industry, teaming up with the New Zealand Book Council to form Whare Pukapuka, a shared working space in Wellington.
Located on the Ground Floor, 79 Boulcott St, Wellington the new space is a shared working environment aim towards expanding to a more collaborative working environment.
Drawing in examples from shared space BizDojo, Book Council noticed how working within the space provided more opportunities to network.
With this in mind, the organisations that make up Whare Pukapuka hoped to create a welcoming hub and offer the free loan of two spare desks to visitors.
“In the spirit of collaboration, we’d like to offer a space to visiting writers or others in the book sector,” says Jo Cribb, CEO of Book Council.
“We have two spare desks, wifi and coffee. Writing is often a solitary craft, and many of those in our networks are self-employed or visiting Wellington from time to time, so it feels right to share this resource and create a welcoming hub here.”
Booksellers NZ CEO Lincoln Gould says that for his organisation, sharing offices with the Book Council on Boulcott Street feels like déjà vu.
“We are now just across the road from Book House, once owned by Booksellers NZ who set up the Book Council, with Dame Fiona Kidman as the first secretary,” says Lincoln.
The duo says it seems natural to call the new combined home Whare Pukapuka, translating to Public Library.