Discover Wai-te-ata’s elegant selection of publications, many written by contemporary New Zealand writers and artists.

During the 1960s and 70s, Wai-te-ata Press was a key contributor to the development and recognition of New Zealand literature. It made contemporary writing readily available to students and the general public at a price and format accessible to the reading/buying public. This was during a time in which printed works of writers were difficult if not impossible to publish, sell or buy in NZ bookshops, let alone overseas.

Significant writers printed and published by Wai-te-ata Press during this period include Alistair Campbell, James K Baxter, Peter Bland, Charles Brasch, Charles Doyle, Sam Hunt, Iain Lonie, and Bill Manhire. Four issues of the literary journal Words: Wai-te-ata Studies in Literature also appeared occasionally from 1965-1974 and featured student honours essays as well as critical works on major literary figures. The work of New Zealand visual artists Robin White, Don Peebles, Joanna Paul and Grant Tilley featured in many of the Press's publications as title-page designs, frontispieces, or illustrations.

Under the initiative of Douglas Lilburn, Wai-te-ata Press established a music division in 1967 to print and distribute scores by New Zealand composers ranging from Douglas Lilburn, Jenny McLeod, David Farquhar, Jack Body, Larry Pruden and John Rimmer to Lyell Cresswell, Gillian Whitehead and Eve de Castro-Robinson. Waiteata Music Editions remains a seminal force on the domestic and international scene, now a separate publishing house under the direction of Michael Norris of the New Zealand School of Music and renamed Waiteata Music Press.

A selection of publications is showcased below.

Alistair Te Ariki Campbell - Maori Battalion. A Poetic Sequence


2001: 116pp, 72 poems celebrating the feats, frustrations and sorrows of NZ's renowned fighting force with images from the War History Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library.

Janet Hughes - Stairdancing


2001: 36pp, first poetry volume by this Wellington writer and artist illustrated with a suite of original collographs.

Jenny Bornholdt - These Things


2000: 6pp, limited edition letterpress poem with images by Greg O'Brien, hand-printed by Brendan O'Brien; 150 copies only signed and numbered.

Alistair Te Ariki Campbell - Gallipoli & Other Poems


1999: 52pp, two poetic sequences on themes of war, love and peace blending lyricism, wit, and conversational comedy.

Leconte de Lisle - Le Dernier des Maourys / The Last of the Maourys


(translated by Christiane Mortelier)

1998: 36pp, a dramatic and historic monologue from the nineteenth century recounting the twilight years of an old Māori chief in the Chatham Islands; French and English with illustrations and letterpress cover.

Louis Johnson - The Perfect Symbol


(edited by Terry Sturm)

1998: 80pp, 32 previously unpublished poems by this great New Zealand literary figure with 5 full-colour drawings by Edgar Mansfield, New Zealand artist, sculptor and bookbinder.

Bill Manhire and class - 1396: A Literary Calendar

Out of print

1996: limited edition perpetual calendar of prose and poetry by 12 writers in Manhire’s 1996 Original Composition class plus special assemblage by Manhire; hand-printed on German etching paper with block by Annora Gollop; 150 numbered copies only.

Allen Curnow - The Scrap-Book

$55 (signed); $40

1996: fold-out poem hand-printed in sepia on German mouldmade paper with wrapper; musings on a journal entry from 1841; limited edition 150 copies; 75 signed by the poet.

Roma Potiki - Poems

Out of print

1995: 6 hand-printed broadsheets/frameable prints with printed and signed wrapper; poems on love, life and the land; limited edition 100 signed copies only.

Alistair Te Ariki Campbell - Death and the Tagua


1995: 24pp, hand-printed and hand-bound with wrapper and slip-title; new and old poems celebrating Campbell’s 70th birthday; limited edition 150 signed copies only.