Wai-te-Ata Press

Wai-te-Ata Press

Wai-te-ata Press is a space to explore books and print in all their myriad forms.

In the new knowledge economy, "book" might be a four-letter word, but it's also an endlessly fascinating and seductive material object to make and study. Books provide a fascinating window onto the transmission of human knowledge and the complex web of social, cultural, economic and political relationships which produce, consume and preserve them. Join us...


Aug25TRANSPOSITIONS: Celebrating New Zealand Poetry in Translation
Date: 25 August 2016
Time: 5.30 pm
Venue: Wai-te-ata Press, Room 006 Rankine Brown, Gate 3, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus, Wellington 6012
Translation is the closest from of reading.A multimodal, cross-cultural and internationally facing gathering to celebrate… Read more
Aug26Making Transpositions Visible: New Zealand Poetry in Letterpress
Date: 26 August 2016
Time: 10.00 am
Venue: Wai-te-ata Press, Room 006 Rankine Brown, Gate 3, Kelburn Parade, Kelburn Campus, Wellington 6012
Unleash the power of poetry through lead, ink and paper. Come for an hour, be… Read more


27 June 2016 Trains of Thought
The Embassy of Israel and Wai-te-ata Press have launched "Trains of Thought," a new series of creative conversations, where words meet space and language meets art. Read more
18 February 2016 H.N. Werkman at work
On Thursday 18 February, Dieuwertje Dekkers, from Groningen, the Netherlands, shared her experience as art historian and curator working with the unique handprinted, rolled, stamped, and stencilled druksels of the Dutch printer-painter Hendrik Nicolaas Werkman (1882-1945). Read more
23 March 2015 International Women’s Day – Polish style
The Polish Embassy hosted a literary evening in honour of International Women's Day, in conjunction with Victoria's Wai-te-ata Press, New Zealand Centre for Literary Translation, and Deaf Studies Research Unit. Read more

Welcome from the Printer

The book is dead; long live the book! Whether manuscript, print, or digital, the book permeates our everyday life. Read more»


PhD student Donelle McKinley is working to develop and evaluate a design theory for crowdsourcing in the cultural heritage domain to support website design and evaluation practice. See more at The Non-Profit Crowd...

The Colenso Project

Personal Geographies and Global Networks: William Colenso and the Victorian Republic of Letters. More...

Entrenchments 2015

Black and white image with red poppiesRunning from 30 March to 30 April, Entrenchments 2015 is a creative conversation focused on translating conflict into art. It features Canadian and New Zealand illustrators Julian Peters and Sarah Laing responding to WWI war diaries, letters, and poetry as well as contemporary works by Poet Laureate Vincent O’Sullivan, Witi Ihimaera, and Patricia Grace. Read more and see the full list of events...