Saufo`i Press

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Saufo`i Press is a new poetry press dedicated to publishing Moana Pacific voices. We empower our communities by connecting and publishing Moana Pacific and minority writers and artists. We aim to share great stories with fiafia (joy), empathy and generosity. We champion work that connects to our shared and varied Moana experience. Our books aim to reflect the unique diaspora and the many individual identities of our Moana Pacific communities in Aotearoa. We may be different, but we are all connected by the ocean. Our ancestors guide what we do. Saufo`i Press is for the generations before us, after us, and for us. We hope to become firmly established in the fabric of Aotearoa and Moana Pacific literature, and one of the go to places for poetry that illustrates some of our stories, journeys and the experiences of our people.

47 Howe Street Freemans Bay Auckland 1011
Tel 021 326 293

Faith Wilson

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



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Anton Blank is a child advocate, project manager, communications consultant and publisher based in Auckland, New Zealand. Working across a portfolio of projects Anton has a special interest in indigenous children’s issues and indigenous literature. Anton has over thirty years experience in social work, communications, social marketing and leadership.

Collaborating with a cache of writers, academics and subject matter experts, Anton Blank is now broadening his focus from indigeneity to diversity. Oranui is focused on generating debate about diversity and giving people skills to deal with a diverse range of population groups.

PO Box 147 204, Ponsonby, Auckland 1144
Phone +64 9 376 8378

Anton Blank

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.

EduMaxi Limited

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Edumaxi Limited

EduMaxi is a New Zealand owned independent publisher as well as an education consultancy that specializes in the planning and development of innovative learning and development solutions.

Since 2007, our innovative team of authors, editorial staff, illustrators, graphic artists, animators, and project managers have worked together to develop numerous digital and print based learning resources for clients across the education sector and for a number of world renowned educational providers. We have also worked with organisations around the world to create innovative digital solutions that meet the unique professional development training needs of their teams.

Our multi-award winning Te Reo Singalong series ( currently has 25 titles available as well as an online school subscription model ( and all books in interactive digital format.

We also provide supplementary curriculum and teacher support materials to teachers in NZ and internationally through User Friendly Resources (  Most resources are blackline masters and come with a photocopiable license.

Madelize Bekker

Address: PO Box 1060, Waikato Mail Centre, Hamilton, 3240

Phone: +64 21 2234 873