What we do

and Industry

An important part of the role of PANZ is to represent publishers’ interests to industry and government. The PANZ advocacy team is fully aware of the importance of informing the relevant government and industry bodies of what the key industry issues are and how we can work effectively together.

PANZ is supported in this by its strong support from the publishing industry. The Association hosts a diverse mix of general, literary and educational  publishers. Its members range from small independent niche publishers to the large multinationals.

PANZ represents the industry on:

• WeCreate
• Copyright Licensing New Zealand Board
• Book Trade Liaison Committee
• Book Awards Trust (BAT)
• Read NZ Te Pou Muramura (formerly the New Zealand Book Council)
• Whitireia Diploma in Publishing Advisory Committee

Industry Statistics

Economic contribution of the New Zealand book publishing industry 2015 was released by PwC in November 2016. This study highlights the economic contribution of the New Zealand book publishing industry in terms of employment, GDP and wider impacts.


PANZ represents the industry to:

• Creative New Zealand
• Ministry for Culture and Heritage
• Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
• Education New Zealand
• New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

PANZ is a member of:

• WeCreate
• International Publishers Association

PANZ Manifesto

Publishers for a stronger, better New Zealand


Council Members

PANZ is an incorporated society headed by a President and 7 council members. The Council is supported by an Association Director and a Membership Services Manager. Each council member manages a portfolio representing a key element of the industry.

Julia Marshall

PANZ President

Portfolios: Advocacy, Finance, International. Julia is Publisher of Gecko Press.

Peter Dowling

Immediate Past President

Portfolios: International, Advocacy. Peter is Publisher at Oratia Media.

Melanee Winder

Vice President

Portfolios: Awards, Professional Development & Training, Finance. BTLC board member, Book Awards Trust representative. Melanee is Managing Director of Hachette New Zealand.

Alex Collins

Portfolios: Education, Domestic & Secondary; Advocacy Education. Alex Collins is Managing Director at Lift Education.

Claire Murdoch

Portfolios: Professional Development, Training. Claire is Head of Publishing at Penguin Random House New Zealand.

Craig Gamble

Portfolios: Member Communications. Craig is Publishing Manager at Victoria University Press.

Tom Rennie

Portfolios: Copyright. Tom is Publisher at Bridget Williams Books.

Nicola Smith

Portfolios: Education, Export, Primary, Literacy. Nicola is Managing Director Director of Essential Resources.

Catriona Ferguson

Association Director PANZ

Katherine Shanks

Membership Services Manager