Te Herenga Waka University Press

Te Herenga Waka University Press

Te Herenga Waka University Press (formerly Victoria University Press), is Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading publisher of new fiction and poetry. Our fiction list features many of Aotearoa’s foremost writers, including Eleanor Catton, Elizabeth Knox, Catherine Chidgey, Pip Adam, Rebecca K Reilly, Airini Beautrais, Annaleese Jochems, Sue Orr, Damien Wilkins, Vincent O’Sullivan and Barbara Anderson.

We have Aotearoa’s strongest poetry list, featuring new poets such as Tayi Tibble, Freya Daly Sadgrove, essa may ranapiri and Oscar Upperton, alongside the widely acclaimed poets Tusiata Avia, Hinemoana Baker, James Brown, Jenny Bornholdt, Vincent O’Sullivan, Fleur Adcock, Dinah Hawken and the inaugural New Zealand Poet Laureate Bill Manhire.

We publish general and scholarly non-fiction in a wide range of subjects, including history, law and public policy, biography and memoir, literary studies, politics, art and architecture, Pacific studies, te reo Māori and personal essay. Our non-fiction is viewed in broad, culturally diverse and interdisciplinary terms, embracing studies of Aotearoa’s past and present and how these may shape the future. Some of our critically acclaimed authors are Rose Lu, Shayne Carter, Rachel Barrowman, Carwyn Jones, Vincent Ieni Olsen-Reeder, Geoff Park, Ashleigh Young, Maurice Gee and Chessie Henry.

Established in the early 1970s as Victoria University Press, Te Herenga Waka University Press has grown from a staff of one to a staff of eight, under the leadership since 1985 of publisher Fergus Barrowman. We have published about eight hundred books in total, and on average we publish thirty new books every year. We have a special mission to discover new writers.


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