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.


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.


Oratia Books Catalogue 2022

Apr 29, 2022

The Oratia Books Catalogue 2022 is out now in print and digital form.

We fly the Koru Flag on the cover, in homage to its creator Friedensreich Hundertwasser, whose story we’ll publish this July in Hundertwasser in New Zealand.

Alongside that deluxe book, this year’s catalogue presents more than a dozen new titles across children’s and non-fiction genres, along with some significant reprints.

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Remembering those whose lives were shaped by war

Apr 20, 2022

The approach of Anzac Day signals a time to remember the millions of people who were affected by twentieth-century wars, and those whose lives and lands are still ravaged by invasion and civil conflict.

Oratia Books has a firm commitment to telling the stories of New Zealanders at war, not to glorify the events but better to understand and learn from the experience.

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New edition of Gallipoli reflects major revision of official numbers

Apr 11, 2022

First published in 1984, Gallipoli: The New Zealand Story is a key work in the nation’s history. In the words of the NZ Listener, Christopher Pugsley’s first book ‘recast our vision of the iconic campaign and simultaneously redefined the art of military-history writing in New Zealand.’

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The Water Bottle honours the Turkish-New Zealand bond forged at Gallipoli

Apr 03, 2022

Kiwi author and Turkish illustrator join to create a children’s book that fosters the bond forged at Gallipoli
It’s cause for hope when countries that were at war can transcend that enmity, even when separated by thousands of kilometres.
That is what New Zealand and Turkey share — a deep friendship that is commemorated each 25 April on the Gallipoli Peninsula.

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