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EQ Publications Limited

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EQ Publications

EQ Publications is a Wellington based independent publisher dedicated to producing children’s picture books and support material designed to help build social and emotional intelligence in children around the globe.

Trace Moroney


Auckram Publishing

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Auckram Publishing

Auckram Publishing are a couple, Don Auckram & Sue Heazlewood of Ohoka in North Canterbury. Our property is called Tangleby. We formed the company in May 2021 with the idea of writing and self-publishing our own books. Sue has a passion for cooking and children. This passion she combined in our first publication Tails of Tangleby Gardens 11 chapters on a story of woodland creatures with 40 recipes that children could learn to cook. She soon followed this book with an adult recipe book A Table at Tangleby which has 170 recipes, with QR codes and beautiful photography of the food and scenes from Tangleby. In 2023 Auckram Publishing has published two more, A Table at Tangleby II in April and Tails of Tangleby Gardens 2 in August. Two more publications in the ‘Tails’ series and smaller version of ‘Table’ are planned.

Both A Table at Tangleby and Tails of Tangleby Gardens 2 have been shortlisted for the 2023 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards to be held in Saudi Arabia in November.  Tails of Tangleby Gardens 2 is nominated in two award categories; Oceania Children’s Books, and Illustrations and A Table at Tangleby is nominated in the Entertaining awards category.

Don is a historian and is working on his first publication, hopefully published by the end of next year. We run our own website and social media sites on Facebook and Instagram. It’s been quite a journey, huge learning curve for us both, and are keen to continue that learning to get bigger and better.

Don Auckram, Manager Auckram Publishing

Indie Expets Publishing & Author Services

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Curating content worth sharing, From Pages to Stages™   

We offer  Specialist author services through the Before, During, and After stages of the publishing journey for ficion and non-fiction authors.  This includes ghost writing, collaborative development, professional coaching, pre/post publishing marketing, media, and creative services.




Chavon Bringans, Upstart Press

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Name: Chavon Bringans
Role: Publishing and Sales Assistant
Company: Upstart Press

My first job in publishing was: This one! Being the publishing and sales assistant for Upstart Press means that I am jumping from task to task constantly. They include liaising with printers and bookstores, keeping our title information up to date, organising sales material and a lot more. I am lucky enough to see the distribution side of publishing in this job, so I spend the occasional day helping out in the warehouse, which I love.

I’m currently reading: Aside from reading the new releases from Upstart Press, I am making
my way through Book Lovers. Topical right?

The thing that has surprised me most since I started my job is: How much my love for
spreadsheets has grown. I love a good conditionally formatted spreadsheet and in the past
few months I have used them to my advantage because keeping on schedule is important.

The thing I like best about working in publishing is: The books! It may seem cliché but as a lover of books, having them readily available at work is a dream come true. It is great way to
try different books especially ones outside of my comfort zone.

Hope Lenzen, Bateman Books

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Name: Hope Lenzen
Publishing Assistant
Bateman Books

My first job in publishing was: This one! I am the Publishing Assistant for Bateman Books and I do almost everything you can think of. I oversee our submissions inbox, apply for various book and publishing awards, send out advance and review copies to authors/illustrators, create and maintain NTI’s, create sales kits, honestly the list goes on! I’m still new and settling in, so I assume more jobs will be handed to me as time progresses and I find my feet. I couldn’t be more excited!

I’m currently reading: Mostly submissions… but when I get a quiet moment at home, I am currently re-reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. 

The thing that has surprised me most since I started my job is: Not surprising per say but eye opening. You never stop learning in the publishing industry! I knew I would have much more to learn after my time on the Whitireia Publishing Course and the team here at Bateman Books have been so generous with their knowledge.

The thing I like best about working in publishing is: Being completely surrounded by all thing’s books. There are so many moving parts in the publishing world, and I get to watch, if not be a part of, all of them. I’ve only been at Bateman Books for a short time, but I’ve already had the chance to spend some time in the warehouse and be involved in production and allocation meetings.

Ella Fischer, Auckland Council Libraries

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Name:Ella Fischer
Publishing Partnerships Specialist
Auckland Council Libraries / Ngā Pātaka Kōrero o Tāmaki Makaurau

My first job in publishing was: Actually, it’s this one! My background is in language teaching and (science) communications, so I have always had a passion for words, writing and language. I first got a taste of publishing many years ago, when I had the chance to work on some book projects in publishing seminars at university. More recently, I remembered how much I enjoyed this work and when the job at Auckland Council Libraries came up, it sounded right up my alley. Our publishing programme is focused on Māori and Pasifika content and it is a real privilege to help our communities tell their stories. There is a lot to learn still, but I’m enjoying every second of it!

I’m currently reading: I’m in the middle of Greta & Valdin by Rebecca K Reilly and I love the setting in Tāmaki Makaurau. My to-be-read pile is getting a bit out of control, but some highlights include Sleeps Standing | Moetū by Witi Ihimaera with Hēmi Kelly, and re-reading a favourite, The Flying Mountain by Austrian writer Christoph Ransmayr.

My biggest career highlight in publishing has been: Getting to work with an amazing bunch of people – my lovely colleagues at the library, the communities and writers I get to help bring ideas to life, and the wonderful people working in publishing, who have been very generous in sharing their knowledge, advice, and opportunities. Another big highlight in my short career in publishing was to be awarded a PANZ Mentorship and being matched with an amazing mentor. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou katoa!

Tony Murdoch, Cadsonbury Publications

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Name: Tony Murdoch from Cadsonbury Publications (a wholly owned subsidiary of Smith’s Bookshop)
Cadsonbury is a minor player in the publishing world. It specialises in publishing out-of-print NZ books and currently has 127 titles available.
Role: Co-owner with Alan Direen
Company: Chapter & Verse NZ Ltd.

Background: Alan and I took over Smiths in October 2019 so we are very much newcomers to book selling and book publishing. Smith’s is long standing Christchurch business specialising in new and used NZ books.

Cadsonbury Publications was founded by Robin Mitchell who sadly died. Barry Hancox, the previous owner of Smith’s took it over in the early 2000s. Many years ago we both taught in high schools, Alan in Central Otago and myself at Aranui High in Christchurch. A chance conversation at the pub led us to buying Smith’s at a time in our lives when retirement beckoned. Most days we pinch ourselves to make sure it’s not a dream.

I’m currently reading: John Pascoe’s wonderful Explorer Mr Douglas and dipping into Warren Feeney’s Canterbury Society of Arts 1880 -1996 which is a fascinating insight into Christchurch’s arty past.

My biggest career highlight in publishing has been: Early in the piece we decided to put some resource into promoting Cadsonbury Publications. While its still early days our sales have lifted and we have already added three more titles to our catalogue. One, The Cheviot Estate, was found in one of the 320 boxes of uncatalogued books we inherited. It was the Department of Lands official booklet published in 1893 to facilitate the selling of the Cheviot Estate and had a wonderful map showing the sub-divided estate. We checked in the published books on Cheviot and could not find any reference to it and so thought this would be worthy of reprinting. We then ran an advert in the North Canterbury News and our first, albeit modest, print run sold out!

Cadsonbury Publications

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Cadsonbury Publications

Cadsonbury Publications was founded by Robin Mitchell in the 1990s as a publisher of historical New Zealand books that were out of print. Robin’s death saw Barry Hancox, owner of Smith’s Bookshop in Christchurch, take over until 2019 when he sold Cadsonbury Publications as part of the sale of Smith’s Bookshop. Barry was responsible for creating the Cadsonbury branding and also changing the cover design.

Alan Direen and Tony Murdoch, the new owners of Smith’s Bookshop, have determined to maintain Cadsonbury’s niche role and to this end have begun to advertise titles nationally and regionally. Three new titles have been released under their management.

Currently Cadsonbury carries 127 titles and these may be viewed at

For further information please contact Annie Martin or 03 379 7976


Annie Martin
Tel: 03 379 7976
Cadsonbury Publications
3 Garlands Road
Christchurch 8023


Craig Gamble, VUP and the communication portfolio for PANZ

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Name: Craig Gamble
Role: Publishing Manager
Company: Victoria University Press

My role on the PANZ council is: My portfolio at PANZ covers member communications, and in that role I’d like to increase the frequency of PANZ communication with its members and also raise our profile across social media platforms.

My first job in publishing was: I was employed as a ‘management cadet’ for Whitcoulls.

I’m currently reading: Frankissstein by Jeanette Winterson. A romping reimagination of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

My biggest career highlight in publishing has been: Two so far. Selling in the third Harry Potter book with my friends at Archetype Book Agents, and Eleanor Catton winning the Booker Prize with Victoria University Press.

Tom Rennie, Bridget Williams Books and PANZ Copyright Portfolio

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Name: Tom Rennie
Role: Publisher
Company: Bridget Williams Books (BWB)

My role on the PANZ council is: I lead the work on the copyright portfolio and, of course, securing a good outcome from the Review of the Copyright Act is PANZ’s top priority. It’s very much a team effort (Sam Elworthy at AUP continues to contribute a huge amount) and we still have a long road ahead.

My first job in publishing was: I was actually an intern at BWB! Bridget provided me with a wonderfully generous introduction to New Zealand publishing (as she has done for many in the industry today), including arranging work experience stints for me with Robbie Burton and Allen & Unwin in Sydney. I’ve been absolutely hooked ever since.

I’m currently reading: I’ve finally got around to reading Capitalism without Capital: The Rise of the Intangible Economy by Jonathan Haskel & Stian Westlake. It’s a dry yet intriguing analysis of how intangible assets – including, of course, intellectual property – have been under-appreciated in how we assess economies around the world. Importantly, this includes the value we place on copyright (and, essentially, ‘knowledge’). I know it’s been an influential book with some New Zealand policymakers, so I’m partly reading it in the hope it will be of use for the Review work…

My biggest career highlight in publishing has been: As publisher for the BWB Texts series, seeing lots of young New Zealand non-fiction authors write these little books has definitely been a highlight. I’m now working with a growing number of them on full-format ‘big’ books, which is exciting for the future of our publishing at BWB.