Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Publishers Association of New Zealand appoints new council

The Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) elected a new council at the its AGM on 14 July, with a press release today announcing appointments to the public.

I'm honoured and pleased to have been appointed President, heading the council in its work to further the interests of book publishers in New Zealand.

Melanee Winder, Managing Director of Hachette NZ, becomes Vice-President, with Melanie Laville-Moore, NZ Director for Allen & Unwin, the Immediate Past President.

Fellow councillors are Alex Collins (Lift Education), Debra Millar (Penguin Random House NZ), Sandra Noakes (HarperCollins NZ), Tom Rennie (Bridget Williams Books) and Tracy Strudley (Global Education Systems).

At the AGM, Melanie Laville-Moore paid tribute to departing councillors Sam Elworthy (Auckland University Press) and Julia Marshall (Gecko Press) for their major contributions over an extended period.

For more information visit 

- Peter Dowling, Publisher

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Major tribal histories and carving book make a welcome return

Today we are proud to be bringing back to print three major works of Māori history and art under the Oratia Books brand. 

Horouta: The History of the Horouta Canoe, Gisborne and East Coast is a monumental, deluxe work that relates centuries of history for the peoples of the East Coast region, with many detailed maps and whakapapa (genealogical charts). 

Takitimu: A History of Ngati Kahungunu also spans centuries of pre-European settlement and post-Contact interaction for Ngati Kahungunu, the main iwi (tribe) of the Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa regions (and the third most populous iwi in the country). 

Te Toi Whakairo: The Art of Maori Carving is an abundantly illustrated overview of this quintessential art form, written by distinguished academic Sir Hirini Moko Mead. This informative volume remains one of the key reference books on woodcarving. 

All three works are part of a promotion of Māori books in selected bookstores, alongside the June publication Ngā Atua: Māori Gods (click here for more) and Scotty Te Manahau Morrison's superb Te Reo translation of Paul Tapsell's Pūkaki (to be published on 12 September).

Mauri ora!

Publication Date: 20 July 2017
Horouta: ISBN: 978-0-947506-20-9 |  RRP $120
Jacketed hardback, 280 x 210 mm, 496 pages
Takitimu: ISBN: 978-0-947506-21-6 |  RRP $80
Jacketed hardback, 240 x 150 mm, 312 pages
Te Toi Whakairo: ISBN: 978-0-947506-37-7 |  RRP $49.99
Paperback with flaps, 242 x 182 mm, 276 pages
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