Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Voices from the Surf profiled on Radio NZ National

Voices from the Surf: 80 Years of the Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club was profiled on Radio New Zealand National on 27 December, in an interview with editor Sir Bob Harvey and club stalwart Matt Wade. Click below to listen:

Voices from the Surf is available from good booksellers around New Zealand.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Belinda Cooke to manage marketing for Oratia Media

Media Release18 December 2015

Respected publishing and communications consultant Belinda Cooke has joined independent publisher Oratia Media in a part-time capacity as Sales & Marketing Consultant.Belinda was Managing Director of New Holland Publishers (NZ) for 16 years before opening her own consultancy in January 2015.Earlier this year Belinda led a wide-ranging market survey for Oratia, which set the platform for a relaunch of the business in early 2016.She will oversee the marketing of the rebranded Oratia publishing programme, dealing directly with booksellers and the media, as the business pursues a growth strategy.Belinda will continue to run her consultancy alongside her Oratia role, offering marketing and 
communications services to publishers and other clients in the arts, food, wine and health arenas.Oratia Media Managing Director Peter Dowling welcomed Belinda’s contribution: “We’ve known Belinda for many years and have the greatest respect for her professional abilities.“It’s exciting that we are now working together and I’m sure we’ll benefit greatly from her expertise across the publishing industry.”Belinda Cooke commented: “I’ve always admired Oratia’s focused and culturally significant 
publishing programme, and it became clear during the market survey I conducted earlier in
 the year that this is a widely held view in the industry. So I feel privileged to be able to work with Peter and his team to increase the exposure of their books and services.”

About Oratia MediaFounded in 2000, Oratia Media publishes quality books with a focus on Māori, children’s, history and general non-fiction. The boutique company, based in Oratia in the Waitakere 
also supplies publishing and media services to organisations and individuals. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Reporting back from the amazing Guadalajara Book Fair

Our publisher Peter Dowling has just returned from Mexico, where he attended one of the world's major book events.
The Guadalajara International Book Fair is the leading showcase for the world's publishing in Spanish, with almost 2000 publishers and 800,000 members of the public passing through the doors of Expo Guadalajara over nine days. See Peter's report for the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ), and the Facebook posting by the New Zealand Embassy in Mexico.



Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Voices from the Surf launches this Sunday

Voices from the Surf
80 Years of the Karekare Surf Lifesaving Club, 1935–2015
Edited by Sir Bob Harvey

Landmark book & DVD to be launched on Sunday

Surf lifesavers have been patrolling the dangerous waters of Karekare beach for 80 years, saving over 2000 people from death by drowning in that time.

Their contribution is now commemorated in a major book and DVD, which will be launched this Sunday 13 December at Karekare, and goes on public sale on Tuesday 15th.  

Voices from the Surf collects stories from generations of lifeguards – tales of brave rescues, competition success, club camaraderie, and reflections on Karekare’s spiritual landscape.

Honorary patron and lifelong club member Sir Bob Harvey, who edited the work, commented: This book tells real stories about times when seconds count and volunteer lifeguards will do everything to save a life.

“These are ordinary New Zealanders who for 80 thrill-packed and often dangerous years have made the difference between life and death. It’s an extraordinary tale!”

Plentiful colour photographs and memorabilia illustrate the well-written accounts in this large-format book, with oral histories and film records on the accompanying DVD.

Sir Bob Harvey, the former Mayor of Waitakere City, is the the author and editor of numerous books including the Untamed Coast, Rolling Thunder: The Spirit of Karekare, and the history of New Zealand Surf Lifesaving, Between the Flags. He received a knighthood in 2013.

Oratia Media, publisher of Libro International books, is publishing Voices from the Surf for the Lifesaving Club.

In bookstores: 15 December 2015  |  ISBN: 978-0-473-33052-1  |  RRP $49.99

Paperback with DVD, 260 x 305 mm, 208 pages (120 pages colour)
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