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.


Rainbow books for Christmas

Nov 24, 2021

Delighted for Early One Morning and Bedtime, Not Playtime! by Lawrence Schimel and Elina Braslina to be included in Sam Orchard’s Aotearoa Queersmas Gift Guide

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The Battlecruiser New Zealand: A Gift to Empire

Nov 16, 2021

HMS New Zealand is arguably the most famous ship ever to serve the country, even though it was under Royal Navy colours.

It has hitherto featured only in general naval histories, so this classy hardback fills in an often-overlooked chapter in the nation’s story.

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Welcome back into print He Puna Iti i te Ao Mārama

Nov 09, 2021

Oratia Books is delighted to welcome back into print He Puna Iti i te Ao Mārama, the seminal work of theology and spirituality by the late Pā Henare Tate. 

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There’s a Moa in the Moonlight / He Moa kei rō Atarau

Nov 02, 2021

The third in Dawn McMillan’s bilingual nature story series is out today, bringing our extinct animals back to life in a young girl’s imagination: There’s a Moa in the Moonlight / He Moa kei rō Atarau

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