Oratia brings the best of book publishing to readers and clients alike.

Oratia is a publisher of books based outside Auckland, with distribution across New Zealand and representation in many parts of the world.

Our multicultural team collectively has decades of experience in all aspects of publishing and a commitment to quality values in editorial, design, print and production.

In addition, we offer our publishing and communications skills to organisations wanting to publish privately.

Whether it’s a great book or quality publishing services, you’ll find the right home with Oratia.

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Our name comes from the beautiful forest area in which we live and work, west of Auckland in the Waitakere Ranges.

Ō-rā-tía is a Māori name that means ‘Place of long-lingering sunshine’, from a traditional story in which the wife of the West Wind paused here to sunbathe.

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New Nanny Mihi book shares gardening wisdom

May 31, 2024

Nanny Mihi’s Harvest
Te Hauhake a Nanny Mihi
by Melanie Drewery, illustrated by Suzanne Simpson,
Translated by Kanapu Rangitauira

Publishing ahead of Matariki, Nanny Mihi’s Harvest Te Hauhake a Nanny Mihi is the perfect book to learn about growing a garden, harvesting, and sharing food — letting tamariki (kids) and whānau (families) explore the significance of harvesting for the Māori New Year.

When her mokopuna arrive for the spring school holidays, Nanny Mihi enlists their help to plant seeds in her garden. 

As they return each season, the kids see their labours bear fruit, helping Nanny harvest, cook and preserve all the produce. 

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The story of Ratana retold to the present day in smart illustrated book

May 06, 2024

Ratana the Prophet
by Keith Newman

Timely revised edition of Ratana biography highlights lasting legacy of the church and movement he founded

When politicians descend onto a small pā near Whanganui every January to kick off the political year, the Ratana name is on everyone’s lips.

Yet the life of Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana, and the history and workings of his church and movement, are less known.

At a time where co-governance and The Treaty of Waitangi are at the centre of political debate, the revised edition of Ratana the Prophet is a timely publication.

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Oratia Books Catalogue 2024 out now

Apr 18, 2024

The Oratia Books Catalogue 2024 is out now in print and digital form.

This year we’re delighted to profile 16 books alongside a growing backlist, as the introduction below outlines.

Thanks once more to Cheryl Smith for the catalogue design, and Simon and team at Haysom Print for the print job.

Click here to view or download the PDF, or to request a print copy please email info@oratia.co.nz

Welcome to this catalogue for Oratia Books’ new titles for 2024 and our growing backlist of published works.

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Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2024

Apr 13, 2024

Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2024 expands international reach for Oratia authors and illustrators

What an outstanding four days it has been at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2024.

Oratia Books again joined colleagues from around Aotearoa on the New Zealand collective stand in Hall 25 of this major meeting ground for children’s books — alongside over 1500 other exhibitors from around the world. Read the full report by Peter Dowling, Publisher, on our blog.

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