Mākaro Press is a publisher in Aotearoa New Zealand. We take our name from Mākaro Island which is in Wellington harbour just across from Eastbourne – our tūrangawaewae, the place we stand, and where we began publishing in 2013.

Mākaro and Matiu were the nieces of the great explorer Kupe, travelling with him from Hawaiki to New Zealand in the tenth century. He named the two Wellington harbour islands after them. Little is known of these women but we think of them as being – like all exceptional travellers – imaginative, curious and courageous. Perfect touchstones for publishing in the digital era.

We are currently only publishing NZ literary fiction, but until 2019 we published fiction, poetry, children’s books, memoir, biography and journalism. 

Our agent is High Spot Literary, our representative at the Bologna Children’s Bookfair is Sophie Siers of Millwood Press and our New Zealand distributors are David Bateman

All books published under our Mākaro imprint are fully supported by our press in the traditional way and are spearheaded by our Mākaro fiction titles and our Hoopla poetry series (on hiatus), with children’s and non-fiction titles in our backlist. 

Submarine is our imprint for books where authors contribute towards the costs and receive a greater share of the royalties, and it is on hiatus. 


Publisher Mary McCallum and assistant publisher Paul Stewart
at the 2015 New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults at
Government House, Wellington, New Zealand.