Peter Dowling – Founder and Publisher
An independent publisher since 2008, Peter Dowling was formerly Publishing Manager of Reed Publishing (NZ), and previously an editor for book and magazine publishers in Japan and the UK. He is also a contract editor and writer with specialisation in Asia, Latin America and Oceania, helped by proficiency in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Japanese and Māori. Peter has MA (Hons) and MBA (Distinction) degrees. In a charitable capacity he is chief executive of Te Potiki National Trust, councillor for international of the Publishers Association of New Zealand, and trustee of the Storylines Children’s Literature Foundation.
Alessandra Zecchini – Media Director
Born in Milan and educated in Italy and the UK, Alessandra’s background is in design and languages. Resident in Auckland since 1997, she directs writing, social media and design services for Oratia. Alessandra is the author of several cookbooks, the founder and director of the Festival Italiano, and is involved in various charitable organisations, including being on the board of the Com.it.es Wellington, the Dante Alighieri Society of Auckland, and Slow Food Auckland. She speaks Italian, English, Japanese and Spanish.
Carolyn Lagahetau – Editorial Director
Oratia-based Carolyn is a former Managing Editor of Reed Publishing (NZ), where she worked for over ten years after obtaining her B.A. in English. She is a seasoned editor who has been the project manager on hundreds of publishing projects. Carolyn’s speciality is in children’s books and illustrated works, fields in which her works have been commercially successful and widely recognised. Further interests include Pasifika culture and history.
Belinda Cooke – Sales & Marketing Consultant
After education and early career in South Africa, Belinda has made a significant contribution to publishing in New Zealand. During 16 years as Managing Director of New Holland Publishers (NZ), she developed a highly successful list of New Zealand non-fiction books and represented significant overseas agencies. Belinda now runs her own publishing, marketing and communications consultancy based in Devonport, Auckland, and works part-time as Oratia’s key manager of marketing activity.