Wai-te-Ata Press


Wai-te-ata Press produces limited edition, fine press and digitally-designed publications by contemporary New Zealand writers and artists, including Vincent O'Sullivan, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Greg O'Brien and Miria George, and by staff and students from the International Institute of Modern Letters. New writers and new works are particularly encouraged.

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

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
(translated by Christiane Mortelier)
Le Dernier des Maourys /
The Last of the Maourys

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
(edited by Terry Sturm)
The Perfect Symbol

1998: 80pp, 32 previously unpublished poems by this great New Zealand literary figure with 5 full-colour drawings by Edgar Mansfield, New Zealand artist, sculptor and bookbinder.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

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.