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The story of Ratana retold to the present day in smart illustrated book

May 06, 2024

Ratana the Prophet
by Keith Newman

Timely revised edition of Ratana biography highlights lasting legacy of the church and movement he founded

When politicians descend onto a small pā near Whanganui every January to kick off the political year, the Ratana name is on everyone’s lips.

Yet the life of Tahupotiki Wiremu Ratana, and the history and workings of his church and movement, are less known.

At a time where co-governance and The Treaty of Waitangi are at the centre of political debate, the revised edition of Ratana the Prophet is a timely publication.

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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

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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