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 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 and authors wanting to publish privately.

Whether it’s a great book, quality publishing services or effective media solutions, 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.

News

Events in the Life of Phillip Tapsell

May 05, 2021

Our latest book recounds the adventurous life of one of the original Pākehā-Māori and reveals a strong Danish–NZ connection

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Out now: Oratia Books Catalogue 2021, available in print or PDF

Apr 30, 2021

It’s a pleasure to share the Oratia Books Catalogue 2021, which is now out in print and digital form.

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Vale Gordon Ell

Apr 10, 2021

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of author, publisher and environmentalist Gordon Ell last Thursday after a short illness. 

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First Encounters — the fourth in Oratia Book’s growing NZ Series

Edited by father-and-daughterauthors Gordon Ell and Sarah Ell, First Encounters: New Zealand 1642–1840 covers nearly 200 years from Abel Tasman in 1642 and Joseph Banks in 1769, to early settlers such as John Logan Campbell in 1840 — in first-person accounts that preserve the English of the times.

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