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.


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 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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Those Who Have the Courage

Mar 27, 2024

Those Who Have the Courage
The History of the Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps and predecessor forces
By Matthew Wright

Across more than 160 years, the Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps and its predecessor forces have served and reflected our evolving nation.

This richly illustrated work, painstakingly compiled by historian Matthew Wright, captures the drama of this key part of our armed forces.
The book goes on sale on 3 April at good booksellers nationwide.

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Istanbul Publishing Fellowship 2024

Mar 12, 2024

Publishers from 66 countries congregated last week for the 9th Istanbul Publishing Fellowship, one of the premier networking and rights opportunities in the international book world.
I was privileged to be among the 258 foreign publishers and agents invited (and could lay claim to having travelled the furthest to get to Istanbul, the closest competitors having come from Brazil and Indonesia …). 

Joining the visitors were 125 Turkish publishers and agents, affording a unique opportunity to talk books and rights in what is a buoyant market of 80 million people, and to network with many Middle Eastern, Central Asian and European colleagues.

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