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Respected Writer’s Last Book Records First European Contact In New Zealand

Thursday, 8 April 2021, 12:28 pm | Oratia Books

Respected former journalist, writer and publisher Gordon Ell passed away in Auckland last week, but not before he saw early copies of his most recent book, edited with daughter Sarah Ell. <img src="https://img.scoop.co.nz/stories/images/2104/3af003ad87d7601a8313.jpeg" ... More >>

New Book On Māori Figures Of Speech Extends Oratia Books’ Successful Programme Of Te Reo Reference Titles

Tuesday, 9 February 2021, 9:21 am | Oratia Books

Years of research into kupu whakarite (metaphors and similes) have borne fruit for young Massey University scholar, Hona Black. In He Iti te Kupu: Māori Metaphors and Similes , he brings together nearly 500 figures of speech – the most comprehensive ... More >>

Kiwi Critters Star In Second Book In Bilingual Nature Story Series From Bestselling Author

Wednesday, 4 November 2020, 2:34 pm | Oratia Books

After the success of her first title in a new nature-driven series, There’s a Tui in our Teapot , bestselling author Dawn McMillan turns her attention to critters in her latest title, There’s a Weta on my Sweater , released this week. Weta and ... More >>

New Book Shares Memories Of The Golden Age Of Motoring As Kiwis Rediscover Local Road Trips

Tuesday, 3 November 2020, 6:28 pm | Oratia Books

In these pandemic days, when Kiwis are rediscovering road trips and domestic travel, the golden age of motoring depicted in Life with Cars: New Zealanders’ motoring memories 1950s–1980s – released this week – serves as a timely reminder of ... More >>

Bestselling New Zealand Duo Secures Simultaneous Worldwide Release For Latest Laugh-out-loud Picture Book

Tuesday, 3 November 2020, 9:17 am | Oratia Books

New Zealand author-illustrator duo Dawn McMillan and Ross Kinnaird will see the latest in their bestselling series of hilarious ‘bum’ children’s picture books release simultaneously in North America, the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand ... More >>

Distinguished Author Outlines Why The Musket Wars Still Matter, And Should Be Taught In Schools

Wednesday, 14 October 2020, 9:57 am | Oratia Books

Ron Crosby couldn’t believe his eyes when the Ministry of Education’s released its draft curriculum for compulsory teaching of New Zealand history. Subjects to be covered included initial contacts between Māori and Europeans, and early colonial ... More >>

New Biography Focuses On Freyberg The Man To Reveal The Reality Behind A Towering 20th-century Hero

Tuesday, 6 October 2020, 9:24 am | Oratia Books

The name Freyberg appears all across New Zealand, in streets, parks, schools, buildings, public spaces, pools and more. For much of the 20th century Bernard Freyberg was a household name: a swimming champion, an action-hero, military commander and Governor-General ... More >>

International Bestselling Duo Introduce Hilarious New Tale About Following Your Heart

Friday, 2 October 2020, 10:41 am | Oratia Books

Zany rhymes and crazy illustrations have become the staple diet for fans of Thames author Dawn McMillan and Birkenhead illustrator Ross Kinnaird, creators of the international bestseller I Need a New Bum! Their newest collaboration, Sir Singlet , continues ... More >>

Modern Version Of Rona And The Moon Myth Publishes For Te Wiki O Te Reo Māori

Monday, 14 September 2020, 8:47 am | Oratia Books

<img src="https://img.scoop.co.nz/stories/images/2009/0be93da21a52f011e1fe.jpeg" width="555" height="720"> An imaginative bilingual retelling of the Rona and the Moon myth hits the bookstores of Aotearoa this week for Te Wiki ... More >>

Stunning Illustrated Guide To The Universe And Space Exploration Reaches New Zealand

Wednesday, 5 August 2020, 5:30 pm | Oratia Books

There is no better way to fathom the immensity and mysteries of the universe than by following a map — and few space maps can compete in simplicity, colour and lucidity with those put together in Space Maps: Your Tour of the Universe , a beautifully ... More >>

New Bilingual Edition Of Book Retells The Fact-based Story Of The Huia For Young Readers

Monday, 13 July 2020, 5:33 pm | Oratia Books

First published in a hardback edition in 2016, Oratia Books has now released this beautifully illustrated story about the huia and its tragic extinction in a bilingual (English and Māori) paperback. Translated by Lois McIver with Kanapu Rangitauira, ... More >>

A crack-up tale about the Kiwi family holiday

Tuesday, 16 June 2020, 9:10 am | Oratia Books

As New Zealand emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic the family holiday on the coast has a great attraction. More >>

Classic Paintings Of Kuia Bearing Chin Moko Return To Life In New Printing Of Celebrated Book

Tuesday, 9 June 2020, 12:18 pm | Oratia Books

A revered selection of paintings of Māori women bearing moko kauae has returned to life in a new printing of Harry Sangl’s celebrated book Blue Privilege , published this week as Te Kuia Moko . Newly arrived in New Zealand in 1969, Prague-born artist ... More >>

Third Title In Non-fiction Series Recounts New Zealand’s Two Great Commodity Rushes

Friday, 8 May 2020, 8:18 am | Oratia Books

Colonising New Zealand was as much a scramble for wealth as an imperial venture. The rush to exploit the country’s gold and kauri is a story of innovation and determination, as well as greed and thuggery. Released this week, Rush to Riches: Kauri and Gold ... More >>

Kiwi Publisher Commits To 12 New Books For 2020

Tuesday, 7 April 2020, 11:48 am | Oratia Books

West Auckland-based Oratia Books has published its Catalogue 2020 digitally — committing to 12 new books this year, regardless of the COVID-19 epidemic. More >>

Book helps fill shortfall as te reo resource demand surges

Tuesday, 4 February 2020, 10:08 pm | Oratia Media

New book helps fill shortfall as demand for te reo Māori classes and resources continues to surge The welcome upsurge in learning and speaking of Māori language continues to gather pace across Aotearoa New Zealand. Along with the growing use ... More >>

Definitive edition of expert's accounts of NZ shipwrecks

Tuesday, 12 November 2019, 10:57 am | Oratia Books

Before his untimely death in April, maritime history expert Gavin McLean was creating a definitive edition of his works on the tragedies that have plagued New Zealand shipping since the first waka reached our shores from Polynesia. Brought to completion ... More >>

Whāriki: new book on Māori community entrepreneurship

Thursday, 7 November 2019, 10:37 am | Oratia Books

Groundbreaking work provides valuable outline of what drives Māori businesses and community ventures What do a mānuka-honey cooperative in Northland, a ginseng exporter in the King Country and a prison services provider in Dunedin have in common? All ... More >>

Zany sequel to international bestseller launches in NZ

Wednesday, 9 October 2019, 8:29 am | Oratia Books

When the Scottish Granny’s reading of I Need a New Bum! became a social media smash last September, the New Zealand bestseller turned into an international hit as well — with the US version selling out and Scholastic UK rushing an edition out before ... More >>

Bond with teacher inspires te Reo and English picture book

Tuesday, 10 September 2019, 3:05 pm | Oratia Media

One night in June 2016, Massey University language lecturer Darryn Joseph sat in a hospital room minding a teacher who had become a dear friend and mentor to him. Darryn wrote her a poem of appreciation, kissed her hand and said goodbye; the next ... More >>