Oratia Media is delighted to welcome three part-time staff to the Oratia Books team, reflecting the growth of our business and our commitment to diverse and inclusive publishing.


Long-time freelance contributor Frances Chan has taken on a part-time role as Senior Editor, working alongside Editorial Director Carolyn Lagahetau to manage editorial projects and the manuscript submission process.

Frances has over 30 years’ editorial experience in book and magazine publishing, having worked for Scholastic, Pearson, Weldon Owen and Bauer Media, among others. In her spare time she hosts the 95bFM Jazz Show, DJs around town, bakes and ebikes.



Annie Martin has taken up the role of South Island Sales Representative. Originally from Toms River, New Jersey, Annie is now resident in Lyttelton and will represent Oratia Books around Te Waipounamu while continuing her employment as a sales and production manager for Smith’s Bookshop and Cadsonbury Publications, Christchurch.

A graduate of John Cabot University, Rome, Annie speaks basic Italian, is a keen photographer in her spare time and is enjoying getting to know more of New Zealand. She replaces long-time sales agent Jeremy Bliss, who has retired.


Arantxa Zecchini Dowling has begun supporting Oratia in the casual role of Marketing Assistant while she completes her double degree at the University of Auckland this year, studying towards a BA (majoring in politics) and BCom (international business and marketing).

Resident in central Auckland, Arantxa also works as a retail manager for specialist magazine store Mag Nation, and is a keen cook, reader and music fan. She is trilingual in English, Italian and Spanish.



“We’re really fortunate to have these three dynamic and talented women contributing to the growth of Oratia Books,” commented Publisher and Founder Peter Dowling.

“Each brings a strong suite of skills within our flexible working set-up.

“Special thanks to Tony Murdoch at Smith’s Bookshop for encouraging Annie to collaborate with Oratia and develop both of our lists.”

Contact details for the new staff are:

Frances Chan – frances@oratia.co.nz

Annie Martin – annie@oratia.co.nz

Arantxa Zecchini Dowling – arantxa@oratia.co.nz