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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.

Illustrated Publishing

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Illustrated Publishing is a small publishing company, based in the Waikato. We specialise in beautifully illustrated, award-winning Children’s Books & Te Reo Māori Resources.

Director, Kat Quin is the creative mind behind the Kuwi the Kiwi and Kiwicorn series of books.


13/21 Railside Place, Dinsdale, Hamilton 3204

Kat Quin

Intra-Q Ltd

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Intra-Q are publishers of an on-going series of narrated, bi-lingual children’s books – the “Poppy and Buddy” series – in e-book and print book formats, aimed at introducing young children to a second language while also developing their first language skills.

PO Box 91839
Victoria St West
Auckland 1142

Jeff Brown


Lee Lamb Publishing

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Lee Lamb Publishing Ltd are the publishers, authors and illustrators of On the Farm; a series of rhyming children’s picture books about farming.

Lee Lamb

446 Cardrona Valley Road, Wanaka

Huia Publishers

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HUIA is a Māori owned independent publisher committed to creating wonderful and provocative books and resources that provide an insight into the diversity of Māori perspectives. Through exploring the stories and aspirations of people in Aotearoa, HUIA aim to provide a mirror for Māori to reflect and interpret their experiences and to open a fascinating window for the rest of the world.

HUIA was established in 1991 with the compelling vision of a New Zealand that valued stories from the people, places and experiences of growing up with: Māori and Pākehā, rich and poor, urban and rural, academics, artists and workers, and the many forms of whānau and/in communities.

Under the leadership of Brian Morris and Eboni Waitere, HUIA strives to contribute to the awareness, education and understanding of Māori perspectives. These perspectives are an inspiration to Māori people and of significant value to New Zealand as a nation as it continues to define, create and express itself nationally and on the world stage.

The HUIA team are highly experienced and passionate about providing a platform for Māori voices to be heard and to deliver beautiful books and resources that delight and inspire readers. A significant part of HUIA’s work is nurturing and encouraging Māori writers. This is achieved through several initiatives that open up a structured pathway in the publishing industry. Through this work, HUIA develop a rich source of reading and the opportunity to see diverse views and worlds.

Postal Address: PO Box 12280, Thorndon, Wellington 6144
39 Pipitea Street, Thorndon, Wellington 6011
Tel 04 473 9262

Brian Morris, Executive Director
Eboni Waitere, Executive Director 

Archetype Book Agents Ltd

HarperCollins Publishers (NZ) Ltd

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A division of a multinational book publisher and distributor, HarperCollins Publishers (NZ) Ltd also generates its own exciting and successful New Zealand publishing programme. In addition to handling HarperCollins’ internationally published titles, this large, well-established company represents a number of other local and overseas publishers.

Unit D, 63 Apollo Drive, Rosedale 0632, Auckland
Postal Address: PO Box 1, Auckland 1140
Tel 09 443 9400 Fax 09 443 9403

Sandra Noakes, Marketing Communications Manager


Hana Limited

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Hana Limited

Hana Limited is a publishing company specialising in delivering high-quality Māori language resources to schools and other educational environments. It produces multimedia, cross-curricula resources in te reo Māori and English for teachers and learners.  Hana Limted works throughout Aotearoa and the Pacific and has developed strong relationships with whānau, hapū and iwi, and its main client, New Zealand’s Ministry of Education.  Hana prides itself in fostering creative excellence, offering diversity in resource material, and inspiring students and teachers in Aotearoa.

85 Oban Street, Wadestown, Wellington 6012
Postal Address: PO Box 12 595, Thorndon, Wellington 6144
Tel 04 970 0244 Fax 04 970 0245

Hana Pomare, Publisher

Hachette New Zealand Ltd

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Hachette New Zealand Ltd is part of the Hachette Group which includes Hodder & Stoughton, Headline, John Murray, Quercus, Hachette Children’s Books, Orion, Octopus and Little, Brown as well as Hachette Book Group US, Hachette Australia, Hachette India and Hachette Ireland.

We distribute many internationally bestselling authors including Nora Roberts, JK Rowling, Cressida Cowell, John Grisham, Nalini Singh, Nicholas Sparks, Jess Townsend, Ian Rankin and Stephen King. We are very proud to publish a small local publishing list which include iconic names such as Donovan Bixley (under the Moa imprint), Margaret Mahy as well as the much-loved Edmonds Cookery range. We are also the proud local publishers of Nicky Pellegrino.

We are also the NZ sales and distribution agent for Phaidon and Affirm.

Level 2, 23 O’Connell St, Auckland 1010
Postal Address: PO Box 3255, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140
Telephone 09 379 1480

Melanee Winder, Sales and Marketing Director

Customer Services
Alliance Distribution Services
tel 09 477 4120

Gecko Press

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Gecko Press is an independent publisher specialising in English versions of curiously good children’s books from around the world. Gecko Press chooses books by award-winning authors and illustrators that are strong in story, illustration and design. Every year Gecko Press publishes two-three Gecko Press originated titles, and we specialise in junior fiction and picture books. Gecko Press books are available in New Zealand, Australia, America and the UK.

9A Holland St, Level one, Te Aro
PO Box 9335, Wellington 6011
Phone 04 801 9333

Julia Marshall, Publisher

Sales and distribution

New Zealand & Australia
Walker Books Australia Pty Ltd
Phone: +61 2 9517 9577

United States distributor
Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.
Toll-free 800 328 4929

United Kingdom distributor
Bounce! Sales & Marketing
+44 (0)20 7138 3650